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May 08, 2013

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Happy Wednesday.

The Alabama Senate gave final approval to the homebrew bill, which the governor is generally expected to sign. Alabama is the last state in the nation where homebrewing is illegal.

The Delaware Senate passed a gay marriage law, which the governor signed an hour later. Delaware is the 11th state to legalize gay marriage.

All of the proposed amendments to the Gang of 8 immigration bill are listed here. Some interesting ones that I happened to spot (there are probably loads of others, these are just the one I spotted pretty much randomly):

  • Cruz 3: To provide that no person who has previously been will fully present in the United States while not in lawful status shall be eligible for United States citizenship. (In addition to making all illegal aliens granted amnesty ineligible to naturalize, this would make citizenship unattainable for many individuals who are granted asylum and all individuals who are granted cancellation of removal for nonpermanent residents).
  • Sessions 34: To clarify that this Act does not preempt any State or local criminal law. (This would undo the Supreme Court's decision preempting Arizona's -- and likely other states' -- immigration enforcement laws.)
  • Hatch 3: To collect a DNA sample from each adult alien applying for registered provisional immigrant status for comparison against the Combined DNA Index System of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Grassley 3: To require border security measures along the Northern border of the United States. (Grassley has a couple amendments to spend on border security along both borders.)
  • Graham 1: To provide for termination of asylum or refugee status in cases of country return. (With an exception for "good cause." Likely a reaction to the Tsarnaevs.)
  • Lee 7: To modify the physical presence requirement for application for registered provisional immigrant status. (He backs it up to December 31, 2009, instead of December 31, 2011.)

Sen. Grassley proposed the most amendments (77). Sen. Sessions came in second place with 49. Obviously, a lot of these aren't gonna make it into the bill.


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