February 9, 2016

Senate takes up immigration fight

The U.S. Senate began work Thursday on a comprehensive immigration bill. In earlier comments, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson expressed support of changes to current law while calling the current immigration system “broken.”

Johnson says the immigration bill should be broken up into separate components including border security and employment verification. The Republican lawmaker said these targeted approaches have better chances of passing than a comprehensive package.

As for the 11 million “illegal aliens” now in the country, Johnson said if they haven’t broken any other laws they should be treated “humanely” and allowed to stay. If not, he says, they should be deported.

AUDIO: Brian Moon reports (1:05)

WIBA’s John Colbert contributed to this report

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