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Some labor unions hope to gain membership from the millions of workers likely to become citizens under the bill while others are concerned about having to compete with guest workers who may not be afforded the same protections as their American counterparts.

One of the biggest, the AFL-CIO, came out against the bill yesterday.

"This bill is far from the kind of comprehensive immigration reform that would improve the status quo for either U.S.-born or immigrant workers or their families and, in fact, it is likely to make matters much worse,'' said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard L. Trumka.

On the other side is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) claims to represent more immigrants than any other labor union and see the bill as a way to gain members.

Unions on both sides of the issue will no doubt try to get their way with the congresspersons they've bought.

Personally, whether your for or against the bill, you have to deal with the reality that it would be nearly impossible and economically devastating to try to round up and deport the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. We need some kind of immigration bill that addresses that reality.

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