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GOP Rep. Sensenbrenner rails against immigration bill in newspaper opinion piece

Jim Sensenbrenner-R (Reuters)
Jim Sensenbrenner-R (Reuters)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner calls the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last week “the most radical amnesty proposal in our country’s history.”

The Menomonee Falls lawmaker wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Times, in which he called the Senate’s pathway to citizenship a catch-phrase for amnesty.

House Speaker John Boehner says his chamber will pass its own immigration bill without the proposed pathway to citizenship.

Sensenbrenner says it normally takes 25 years for an immigrant who follows the rules to become a US citizen.

The Senate bill changes the time length to 13 years.

Sensenbrenner calls that a quote, “12-year head start, granted as a reward for illegally entering the country.”

He said it’s not compassion quote, “It’s just unfair to law-abiding individuals seeking to enter our country legally.”

Sensenbrenner praised the amendment approved by the Senate which calls for spending millions in enhanced border security.

However, he says border security should be considered separately.

Sensenbrenner says the House Judiciary Committee has begun a quote, “measured approach” to tackle the issue one step at a time instead of all at once.

When he chaired the Judiciary panel several years ago, Sensenbrenner proposed making it a felony for anyone to be in the country illegally.

That measure never went anywhere.