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Five anti-immigrant GOP amendments to immigration reform

As the Senate moves towards voting on immigration reform, Republicans have been introducing amendment after amendment that would gut the legislation, or in general place additional restrictions on undocumented immigrants. A total of 300 amendments have been introduced, mostly from Republicans (including 77 from Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, himself).

Here are five noteworthy offenders, in no particular order:

  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, proposed an amendment that would ban any immigrant "who is or has previously been willfully present in the United States while not in lawful status" from ever becoming a citizen - effectively eliminating the legislation's pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, he of the 77 proposed amendments, would allow federal law enforcement "to take into account an individual’s country of origin" when considering whether to allow them into the country, also referred to as "profiling."

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