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GILLIBRAND STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A NEW YORK SENATOR SHOULD

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The freshman Senator from the Empire State told a Latino audience this week that she not only understands that her prior anti-immigrant positions as a Congresswoman from a conservative district were not going to work in her new job. According to the New York Times:

In particular, she promised to take a lead in promoting a
Congressional bill to roll back a federal provision that discourages
states from charging in-state tuition to the children of illegal
immigrants who attend state-supported universities. The bill also would
permit illegal immigrants who have grown up in the United States and
are attending college to apply for legal status.

And despite her
vote in Congress when she was a representative from upstate New York,
Ms. Gillibrand said she no longer supported cracking down on so-called
sanctuary cities like New York that fail to enforce all immigration
laws.

She said she no longer favored the legislation, which
would have led to financial penalties for the city. "In a lot of these
issues, it's a case of learning more and expanding my view," Ms.
Gillibrand said in an interview after the meeting.


Nevertheless, we'll have to watch and see whether words are followed by action.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    She could be accused of flip-flopping.
  2. c_Nova's Avatar
    ''The bill also would permit illegal immigrants who have grown up in the United States and are attending college to apply for legal status.''

    This would be a very smart move.
    With the aging population in most of the developed countries, to educate children and then toss them out is just dumb. Attracting young educated people should be US priority, as well as retaining the ones already in the country.
    Education is an investment. Since US already invested in those children, why "give" them to someone else?
  3. Dream Act Guy's Avatar
    I'm very proud of Sen. Gillibrand.
  4. :)'s Avatar
    I agree with the bill but we need to charge a fee for them to stay in the country legally. Why should immigrants pay thousands of dollars to come into our country legally while illegal aliens pay nothing. Fingerprint them all, charge them a fee to acquire legal status, keep the non-criminal aliens, and send the criminal aliens (murderers, rapists, child molesters) home.
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