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Reaction to Changes in Immigration Rules

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The news of a bipartisan deal on immigration has prompted a range of responses. Michele Norris and Andrea Seabrook read from listener comments on the compromise legislation, which the White House and Senate announced Thursday.


A little earlier in the program, we asked for your comments on the immigration bill senators and the White House have agreed on. If passed by both Houses of Congress - and that's not a sure thing right now - the measure would give legal status to some 12 million undocumented immigrants now in the country.

: America must not create an underclass of underpaid, resentful, exploited labor. A path to citizenship combined with immigration control seems like the best path.

NORRIS: Margaret Hagerman(ph) from Highland, Indiana, says I can't imagine moving to Canada, taking a job that is illegal for me to take, then demanding that the Canadian government give me citizenship. By the way, she says, I'm a loyal Democrat.

: John Poprick(ph) writes: Our country was founded by immigrants. We must stop trying to keep needed workers out. As a Republican, I want to see the parties look at this as an important human rights issue and do the right thing, i.e. make a way for unskilled workers to legally come here to work.

NORRIS: And finally, Kathleen Hojan(ph) from Schenectady, New York writes: unless the proposed bill contains meaningful penalties for those businesses which knowingly employ illegal immigrants and unless those rules are enforced, there would be no immigration reform.

: Those are just some of the comments we've received on the proposed immigration bill. A reminder that we always want to hear what you think. Write to us at, click on Contact Us at the top of the page.

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