Alarms are sounding. Red State says Reid’s going to force a vote on the compromise bill before Republican hardliners have a chance to review it. Jed Babbin claims the Dems are trying to expand the number of relatives a legalized alien would be allowed to bring in with him. And now the LA Times reports that both sides have agreed to the scarlet “A” in the form of a measure labelled, ironically, with a Z.

With a deadline looming to craft an accord on immigration reform, a bipartisan group of senators has agreed that their final compromise should immediately grant legal status to all illegal immigrants currently in the U.S…

[T]hey have settled on a plan that would award a “Z visa” to all qualified illegal immigrants in the country before a date that has yet to be decided. Applicants would have to pass security checks, learn English and pay a $5,000 fine.

The visa would have an eight-year probation period, during which time the head of the household would have to return to his home country and then re-enter the U.S. They would have to take their “Z visa” to the U.S. Embassy or consulate and would be guaranteed re-entry to the U.S.

Not a word is mentioned in the piece about border enforcement, but you will be pleased to know that they’ve agreed to let illegal aliens attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates as part of the deal.

Reid threatened earlier today to cancel the compromise bill entirely if a final deal wasn’t reached tonight and resubmit the bill they passed this last year in its place. But what do you know — at Teddy’s request, he’s had a change of heart and has extended the deadline until Monday.

Sounds like the only big issue still keeping them apart is how “temporary” the temporary guest worker program should be. Once it comes to the floor, it stands a great chance of passing: with bipartisan support among the leadership, they might very well have the 60 votes needed to bust the filibuster. And lord knows, they don’t have to worry about a veto.

I fear we need a miracle, my friends — a savior, like Bruce Campbell in “Evil Dead 2,” to deliver us from the amnesty demon.

But where would we find such a man as that?

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