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Letter to the editor referenced an old amnesty bill

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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:00 am

On May 30, a letter titled "Why are politicians' ideas so costly?" by Richard Viall states, "According to information received from Lou Dobbs, a noted national economist, there is currently a bill snaking its way through Congress that applies to 'amnesty' for illegal aliens."

Did Fox's Lou Dobbs denounce an immigration bill "going through Congress right now"? The "information" Mr. Viall cites from Mr. Dobbs is from 2007. Dobbs (then with CNN) was criticizing a bipartisan Senate bill, which was supported by then-President Bush and Sen. John McCain.

Dobbs makes various claims about this "amnesty" bill that is supposedly being pushed by the Obama administration. (How can a bill that does not exist except as legislative history be "pushed" by anybody?)

Proposed while Bush was president, the bill was the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, or the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348). It was introduced in the United States Senate on May 9, 2007, but was never voted on, though a series of votes on amendments and cloture took place. The last vote, on June 7, 2007, failed 34-61, ending the bill's chances. A related bill S. 1639, on June 28, 2007, also failed.

Mr. Viall bemoans the lack of political transparency. Why doesn't he talk to Mr. Dobbs about transparency? He might also inquire about "truth in journalism" and ask him who "noted" him as a national economist.

Jim Turner


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