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  •  A pathway to citizenship is not a poison pill (0+ / 0-)

    A green card would do much good - at the end of the day immigrants who have been undocumented and in the shadows will benefit greatly if given a green card, so they can work, go in and out of the country as they please and qualify for most of the benefits. But they wont be able to vote - that is something I think most will be able to live with and will garner support for legislation from die hard GOP congress folks.

    •  Isn't a green card a pathway to citizenship? (1+ / 0-)
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      A green card grants permanent residence, I believe. Are some green card holders eligible to proceed to apply to citizenship and others aren't?

      I agree that a person who is undocumented would benefit from becoming documented, even if it is by way of, say, renewable two-year visas. That's better than no status at all.

      I don't like the idea that the people who are green-lighting, or blockading, permanent residence and eventual citizenship for every single undocumented person are a handful of people who hold state office.

      •  Prior to this legislation being presented by (0+ / 0-)

        the 8 bipartisan senators, there was talk of allowing legal status. There was no mention of a "green" card, perhaps another, newly created document. Of course, the Repukes don't favor a path to citizenship, as they're afraid of creating more Dem voters, which makes this latest proposal almost shocking. However, the Repukes have now found their fly in the ointment. So, they look like they've done something on immigration reform, but it's illusive. That's what they mean by "proper messaging."

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