New Immigration Law Not Enough, Critics Say

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President Obama is putting more money and muscle into battling illegal immigration along the U.S and Mexican border, but it is not enough to silence critics who say more border security is needed.

The House and Senate passed the measure in special sessions this week, and Obama signed it into law Friday. The new bill authorizes $600 million to put 1,000 more agents into the fight against the flood of illegal immigrants. The money also pays for two new unmanned surveillance drones to fly over the border.

Democrats hope it will help take some of the sting out of accusations the Washington is not doing enough.

"We've clearly shown we're serious about securing our nation's borders," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

Federal agents said they have kicked more illegal immigrants than ever out of the country in the last couple of years.

"We will not tolerate those who come here unlawfully and commit crimes in our community. If you do that, we're going to find you, and we're going to arrest you and send you home," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said.

Questioning Automatic Citizenship

Republicans continue to forge ahead with a new front in the immigration battle over the 14th Amendment, which gives automatic citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil, even if their parents are not legal citizens.

A new report shows illegals give birth to one out of every 12 babies born in the U.S. GOP leaders argue that pregnant illegals often rush into the U.S. to take advantage of this citizenship jackpot.

The idea of changing the Constitution to address this though has been a divisive issue.

"I support the idea, but I don't think it'll happen," Wayne Franke, who supports a change in the law, said.

Opponent Nano Lopez, on the other hand, doesn't like the idea.

"Every person is a human being," she said. "Just cause you're from Mexico, or anywhere, ain't nothing wrong with that. We work hard everyday."

Democrats are blasting Republicans for even raising questions on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn't back down from comments he made this week.

"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay," he said. "Do I need to say more."

That comment has conservative Hispanics upset.

Some of Reid's critics are now accusing him of flip-flopping on this issue, because he once supported a bill that included tougher citizenship requirements.

Washington Times opinion writer Kerry Picket talked about the fallout from Reid's comments on Friday's CBN Newswatch program. Check your local listings for show times, or stay with for Mitchell's comments after 5 p.m. ET.

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