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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The economy of the country's largest city and the entire nation would collapse if illegal immigrants were deported en masse, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

 

New York City is home to more than 3 million immigrants, and a half-million of them came to this country illegally, Bloomberg testified.

 

"Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported," he said. "The same holds true for the nation."

 

The hearing in Philadelphia, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, was one of several being held nationwide as congressional Republicans take to the road to discuss overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

 

House GOP leaders called for the hearings last month in a blow to President Bush's ambitious election-year proposal that includes a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for millions in this country illegally.

 

Specter and fellow senators are trying to build support for a Senate bill that would allow a majority of the illegal immigrants in the country to eventually become legal permanent residents and citizens, after paying at least $3,250 in fines, fees and back taxes and learning English.

 

The competing bill passed by the House focuses on enforcement and has no provision for illegal immigrants or future guest workers.

 

Bloomberg encouraged Congress to offer illegal immigrants an opportunity to earn permanent status.

 

"Members of the House of Representatives want to control the borders. So do all of us here," Bloomberg said. "But believing that increasing border patrols alone will achieve that goal is either naive and shortsighted or cynical and duplicitous. No wall or army can stop hundreds of thousands of people each year."

 

A House subcommittee planned a meeting Wednesday at a San Diego Border Patrol station to examine security lapses that could expose the U.S. to terrorism. The same panel planned another hearing Friday in Laredo, Texas.

 

Republican-led House committees also plan hearings outside Washington in mid-July on making English the nation's official language, and on how enforcement of immigration laws affects American workers.

 

A mid-August hearing in Arizona will focus on costs to local and state governments.

 

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/05/imm...g.ap/index.html

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Well, at least to me, that's common sense.

 

If that many people leave any country, there's going to be some kind of economic impact.

 

Deporting all illegals is not a realistic option. However, they should not suddenly receive all the rights of a normal U.S. citizen as a reward for their illegal act. Send them to the back of the line.

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Well, at least to me, that's common sense.

 

If that many people leave any country, there's going to be some kind of economic impact.

 

Deporting all illegals is not a realistic option. However, they should not suddenly receive all the rights of a normal U.S. citizen as a reward for their illegal act. Send them to the back of the line.

 

Who ever said citizenship? I guess you made that up, so ok.

 

Residency is a 'permanent' solution without giving them all the rights of Americans..

 

aka sending them to the back of the line, but giving them the right to drive, to work, etc....

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Well, at least to me, that's common sense.

 

If that many people leave any country, there's going to be some kind of economic impact.

 

Deporting all illegals is not a realistic option. However, they should not suddenly receive all the rights of a normal U.S. citizen as a reward for their illegal act. Send them to the back of the line.

 

Who ever said citizenship? I guess you made that up, so ok.

 

Residency is a 'permanent' solution without giving them all the rights of Americans..

 

aka sending them to the back of the line, but giving them the right to drive, to work, etc....

the reason they come over here is because they have no economic hope over there...all of the sudden they are going to have enough dinero to buy a car and pay for soariung gas prices

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Well, at least to me, that's common sense.

 

If that many people leave any country, there's going to be some kind of economic impact.

 

Deporting all illegals is not a realistic option. However, they should not suddenly receive all the rights of a normal U.S. citizen as a reward for their illegal act. Send them to the back of the line.

 

Who ever said citizenship? I guess you made that up, so ok.

 

Residency is a 'permanent' solution without giving them all the rights of Americans..

 

aka sending them to the back of the line, but giving them the right to drive, to work, etc....

the reason they come over here is because they have no economic hope over there...all of the sudden they are going to have enough dinero to buy a car and pay for soariung gas prices

 

Yeah because now that they will not be illegal they will get paid the regular wages and then the places will charge more and the economy will right itself anyways. Just as if they were removed.

 

I still dont like this sorry Lefty.

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