Feinstein: 'I Can't Remember How Many DUIs Somebody Can Have' and Still Be Legalized Under Immigration Bill

By Barbara Hollingsworth | June 25, 2013 | 4:47 PM EDT


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  said on Tuesday she "can't remember" how many DUIs an illegal alien can have and still be made a legal resident of the United States under the immigration reform bill being considered this week in the Senate.

In fact, even after the inclusion of the Corker-Hoeven amendment on Monday, the Senate bill will allow an illegal who has two DUI convictions to be granted legal status in the United States and put on a path to citizenship. (See pages 251-253)

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At the Capitol, CNSNews.com asked Feinstein, “Under the Corker-Hoeven amendment last night, the immigration bill, how many DUIs can an illegal alien have before becoming legalized?”

Feinstein was one of 52 Democrats who voted for the amended bill.

“Well, I can’t answer that right now. I just don’t know,” Feinstein replied.

“Have you read the bill, the amended parts?” she was asked.

“I'm on the Judiciary Committee. I sat through all the hearings and my mind is filled with intelligence right now, and candidly I can’t remember how many DUIs somebody can have, but hopefully it isn’t many.”

“Two is what is…”

“I was going to say, one or two.” Feinstein interjected.