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Location: Washington, DC

IMMIGRATION -- (Senate - May 21, 2007)


Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Arizona for his comments and for his general assessment of the circumstances we find ourselves with. I can certainly give the assurance to the people of Arizona that Senator Kyl is a person of extremely strong views, who has felt very deeply about the positions he has, but is a person who believes in comity and respect for other views. He understands you can fight for your views and still compromise without compromising your values. I respect Senator Kyl for that position.

As has been pointed out at other times, this has been a long, complex, difficult process, but it is one for which I share with Senator Kyl that failure is not an option. This country cannot tolerate a continued border system which is fractured, which it is today, and with all the uncertainty that exists, whether it is on the borders, or the exploitation of workers, or in terms of the lives of many of the people who are here. We have tried to fashion a program, and we are going to work together to try to see that it is successful.

I thank the Senator for his comments, and we are looking forward to getting good discussion and debates on these issues.


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