Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, says
the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration legislation with a pathway
to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
Leahy made the comments as he opened
the Senate's first hearing of the year on immigration. It came a day after
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to renew his call
for sweeping immigration legislation.
Leahy questioned Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano on efforts to secure the U.S. borders and
improvements in deporting illegal aliens with criminal records.
"If you had a legalization
process, does that make your efforts to apprehend and remove those who have
committed crimes or fugitives; does it make it more difficult or less
difficult?" Leahy asked.
"Oh, it makes it less
difficult," Napolitano answered. "And the reason, Mr. Chairman, is
because, as I mentioned in my statement, it takes out of the enforcement area
those who have long-standing relationships in the country, who have been here
for years, who are already working paying their taxes."
The packed hearing was
disrupted multiple times by protesters shouting in the back. They were quickly
removed from the committee room.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:42 GMT
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roadsMore >>
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:08:37 GMT
Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. There is already localized flooding at some of the typical problem spots, like the wrong-way bridge on Route 15 inMore >>
Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing as heavy rains move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:06:00 GMT
A man had to be pulled from the Black River in Springfield Tuesday morning. The Hartford Fire Department says it's working to pull a man out from the river. They say he got stuck about 75 feet out inMore >>
Vermont emergency workers have rescued a man stranded in the middle of a treacherous section of river in downtown Springfield. More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:02:17 GMT
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed. Jury draw was scheduled to begin Monday for Richard Gallow. He is charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct on a femaleMore >>
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:27:17 GMT
Arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job. On Tuesday former firefighter Elmer Joerg pleaded no contest to setting the blaze. Investigators say the former volunteer was caught on camera settingMore >>
An arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:26:03 GMT
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. Derek Niles pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment Tuesday. He got a deferred sentence and will be on probationMore >>
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. More >>