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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas May HERALDZErruNO Page 5 A FROM From The Associated Press CAMDEN FORT DIX ACCUSED DENIED BAIL man charged with helping five others plot a terrorist attack on Fort Dix will not be freed on a judge ruled Agron had asked Magistrate Joel Schneider to be released from custody into house But prosecu tors successfully argued he was likely to flee and was a serious risk to the com munitys Im not really a bad Abdullahu If I could leave I would defi nitely go back to my old I would never do anything to harm this a legal is charged with helping illegal immigrants obtain an offense punishable by up to 10 years in He was an integral part of the plan to attack Fort Schneider said as he explained his NEW YORK ECONOMY TO SLOW IN COMING MONTHS A gauge of future economic activity showed the economy will slow in coming reversing recent gains and suggesting high er gas prices and a sluggish construction industry are beginning to take their The Conference Board said Thursday its index of lead ing economic indicators dropped high er than the decline analysts were The reading is designed to forecast economic activity over the next three to six The increase almost reversed an amended percent climb in which analysts say should relieve pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest The data may be pointing to slower economic condi tions this With the industrial core of the economy already and housing mired in a contin ued there are some signs that these weakness es may be beginning to soften both consumer spending and hiring this said Ken labor econo mist for the Conference The negative beginning with the were building weekly unemployment manufacturers new orders for non defense capital consumer vendor aver age weekly manufacturing hours and interest rate THIYSAIDiT At long as cart the natd for hybrid technology will executive vice president of Toyota Motor speaking at the launch of the hybrid Lexus LS luxury Millions of illegal immigrants could win legal status By Julie Hlrachfold Davit Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON It took an improbable alliance of senators from the hard right and far left to strike a sweeping immigration deal to fix problems that have bedeviled Repub licans and Democrats for The coalition faces a daunting test of its strength next week as the Senate begins debating the plan unveiled one which would grant legal status to millions of people in the country unlawfully and fulfill a top domestic goal of President Bush said the proposal would help enforce our borders but equally itll treat people with A carefully crafted hybrid of conser vatives and liberals divergent philoso phies on the deal also mandates bolstered border security and a hightech employment verifi cation system to prevent illegal work ers from getting It was sealed after months of secre tive bargaining between the White House and lawmakers in both parties from liberal Democrat Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts to con servative Republican Jon Kyi of Arizona on an issue that carries heavy potential risks and rewards for all Senate Majority Leader Harry said debate would begin on but he I dont know if the immigration legislation is going to bear fruit and were going to be able to pass Almost the plan brought vehement criticism from both sides of the immigration some aspects of this includ ing the structure of the temporary worker program and undue limita tions on family immi Reid In a reminder of the delicate nature of the It represents the best opportunity that we have in a including liberals hinartisan wav to do some law who called it unfair and makers on both ends of unworkable and conSOmetnmg aDOUt me poiiticai spectrum who attended the weeks of closeddoor talks that servatives who brand ed it an overly permis sive The proposal consti tutes a farreaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the based on their education levels and job limiting the importance of family A new class of guest workers would be allowed in tem but only after the new securi ty measures were in place expected to take 18 Kennedy hailed it as the best possi ble chance we will have in years to secure our borders and bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of Kyi said the measure wasnt but it represents the best opportu nity that we have in a bipartisan way to do something about this It was that many Republicans and Democrats were deeply Reid said it needed I have serious concerns about something about this Who said H why are they important yielded the agreement it at the last Robert said the proposal tears families apart because a new point system used to evaluate future legal immigrants would value family connections well below employmentrelated When you anchor yourself to the far right and you I rela tively its hard to meet the chal lenge of producing a workable Menendez said in an John said he had very serious concerns with the principles outlined in the And conservatives on both sides of the Capitol derided the deal as amnesty for illegal using a politically charged word that figured prominently in campaigns across the country last I dont care how you try to spin this is said Jim The proposed agreement would allow illegal immigrants to come for ward and obtain a Z visa paying fees and a fine ulti mately get on track for permanent res which could take between eight and 13 Heads of house holds would have to return to their home countries They could come forward right away to claim a probationary card that would let them live and work indefi nitely in the but they could not seek citizenship until border security improvements and the hightech worker identification program were A new crop of lowskilled guest workers would have to return home after stints of two They could renew their visas but would be required to leave for a year in between each If they wanted to stay in the they would have to apply under the point system for a limited pool of green The program drew fire from liberal groups that said it was They had joined Democrats in press ing instead for guest workers to be permitted to stay and work indefinite ly in die and ultimately earn the chance to Without a clear path to permanent residence for a healthy share of the future temporary we run the risk of reproducing the widespread illegality that this bill is designed to said Frank the exec utive director of the National Immigra Military soldiers will be found BAGHDAD AP offi cials expressed cautious opti mism Thursday that three missing American soldiers are still alive even as troops drained canals and ques tioned children in die search for the troopers feared cap tured by FBI agents and Australian forensic experts have joined the search for the who disappeared after an attack south of Baghdad on Saturday in which four troopers and one Iraqi were Randy a military said five days of searches had pro duced a number of leads that point to the fact that these men are still There are also reports to the But we have an obligation to follow on every intelligence Martin There is cautious optimism that in fact these soldiers can be found Martin Thats what we pray thats what we hope Michael a brigade said some physical evidence asso ciated with the missing sol diers had been raising hopes they were He refused to say Martin said some of the Iraqis detained in the search may have been directly involved in the which occurred along a palm lined rural road near Youssi 12 miles south of Bagh More than 500 people have been questioned so rtoman NOW OPENI Saturdays Sundays pring Branch near HWY 281 306 Call 2102162217 For directions downloadable go to WDSfewrte Full Line of Columbia Clothing Reyn Spooner Costa Del Mar Match 1424 S Hwy 46 T miles from 135 on Hwy 46 Altiehtdlo Ihi Viltro 10am7pm MSat and 105 Sun New Braunf els Dance Studio Teaching New Braunfels to Dance Since 1970 Dance Team 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