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Sensenbrenner wants no part of immigration deal

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, wants no part of the immigration reform compromise hammered out by Senate leaders and the White House.

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The lawmaker angered millions of Hispanics nationwide, when he proposed last year that it be a felony just for illegal immigrants to step foot on U.S. soil. Now, Sensenbrenner and other House Republicans say the latest plan is nothing but amnesty, a "get out of jail free" card that rewards people for breaking the law.

The compromise plan would create a new Z card for illegal immigrants who turn themselves in and pay fines of $5,000.

Heads of households would have to return to their home countries and everyone would wait eight to 13 years to become permanent residents.

The Senate will start debating the compromise on Monday. But even if it passes, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she won't bring it up in the House unless President Bush can guarantee 70 Republican votes.

She acknowledges deep divisions on the issue among majority Democrats. Some liberals say the compromise admits immigrants based on education and work experience instead of family ties.

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