In December 2005, Dennis Hastert, then House speaker, pandering to the hard right of the GOP, allowed Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) to push through the House a truly draconian piece of legislation that would have turned all undocumented immigrants and the priests and nuns who serve them into felons. ...

The GOP lost the House and Senate, and many anti-immigrant hard-liners were defeated.,0,7204751.story

By Joshua Hoyt, Chicago Tribune

Updated: Wed, Dec 10th 2008 @ 3:43pm EST