A story on the L.A. Times web site reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has stripped from the immigration bill a provision that would criminalize illegal presence in this country. This will make it harder to bring criminal charges against illegal aliens, as it is often difficult to prosecute aliens for their initial illegal entry, due to statute of limitations issues.
Amusingly, the story appears to have been typed in terrific haste:
After days of street demonstrations that stretched from California to the gounds of the U.S. Capitol, the committee also voted to strip out proposed criminal penalties for residents found to be in this country illegally.
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In general, the bill is designed to strengtehn border patrol, create new opportunities for so-called guest workers and determine the legal future of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.
At several critical popints, committee Democrats were united while Republicans splintered. In general, GOP Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Mike DeWine of Ohio, who is seeking re-election this fall, sided with Democrats.
Memo to Times editors: run that sucker through a spell-checker before you print it.
UPDATE: They have fixed all of the mistakes. The wonders of a spell-checker.
I should have taken a screenshot of all those typos.