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May 13, 2006

hooray for sen. salazar

Salazar Gets Key Immigration Seat article from the Denver Post.

Sen. Ken Salazar is now a key player in the Congressional tug of war over immigration legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has asked Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, to sit on the committee that would unify any immigration bill the Senate passes with one the House passed last year.

"It's an opportunity to work on one of the most pressing matters of national security for our country," Salazar said.

It's an unusual opportunity for a freshman senator, one that will put him in what's likely to be a near war-room. Many House Republicans oppose any legislation that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants.

Salazar has not yet sat on a conference committee. Members are normally appointed by seniority.


Asked if he'd be willing to sacrifice the guest worker program and pathway to citizenship for a merged bill that just beefs up border security, Salazar demurred.

"You can't deal with the issue of immigration in an effective way unless you do it in a comprehensive manner," he said. "Efforts on immigration reform that have been done by only looking at one part of it or another ... it didn't resolve the problem."


Salazar, a 5th Generation Coloradan comes from a proud family which has farmed and ranched the San Luis Valley since before Colorado became a State.

Congratulations, Sen. Salazar.

Posted by almamia at May 13, 2006 11:12 AM


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