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Opening Arguments

Another fine mess

News on the immigration front:

Since 2005, the backlog of legal U.S. immigrants whose applications for naturalization and other benefits are stuck on hold awaiting FBI name checks has doubled to 329,160, prompting a flood of lawsuits in federal courts, bureaucratic finger-pointing in Washington and tough scrutiny by 2008 presidential candidates.

This same government, which seems unable to handle fewer than 1 million legal immigrants a year, is now claiming it can process the 10 to 12 million who would suddenly be on a path to citizenship under the proposed reform plan. Please.