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Latino Daily News

Monday May 9, 2011

Sen. Feinstein’s Bills Save a Number of Immigrants From Deportation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has once again introduced a so-called private bill to stop the deportation of a young undocumented immigrant.

The Democratic senator has introduced 13 private bills to block deportations, which is more than any other member of Congress. Recorded show that these 13 are among only a total of 64 that have been introduced in the entire House and Senate. Often, the bills are to halt the deportation of exceptional students without criminal records, those like Nayely Arreola, who was recently saved by the senator again, at the age of 25. The first time she was saved was in 2003 when she was a junior in high school. She is grateful for the help, but still has anxiety about “not knowing what happens if Senator Feinstein is no longer in office.”

Feinstein has continually introduced bills such as these since 2003, and she has drawn some critics for it. Critics like the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian.

“Private bills should only be used for very extraordinary circumstances,” Krikorian said, “Not just because someone is a good student.”