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What Does Immigration Bill Passed in the Senate Say About RPI Status Consideration for Those With Multiple Misdemeanors?


The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the landmark 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform bill Thursday by a vote of 68-32, with fourteen Republicans joining the entire Democratic caucus. Despite the bipartisan support in the Senate, conservatives believe the bill is "dead on arrival" in the Republican-controlled House.

Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and current U.S. House Member from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, told POLITICO Thursday that the House won't take up the Senate bill but will work on their own legislation to create a "workable legal immigration system."

A major question about the bill going into Thursday's vote revolved around crime and whether or not illegal immigrants can still qualify for "Registered Provisional Immigrant" (RPI) status if they’ve got three misdemeanors on their records.

Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice joined 'Wilkow!' Thursday to discuss this concern about the bill that passed Thursday.

Sekulow tells Wilkow that under the Gang of 8 bill, an illegal immigrant can be charged with multiple misdemeanor counts originating form the same crime, that will only count as one misdemeanor during the individual's RPI status consideration.


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