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Senate Revives Stalled Immigration Bill

Immigration Update

June 15, 2007

Senate leaders announced Thursday that they agreed to revive a stalled immigration bill, hoping to enter into debate again before the Fourth of July recess.

The announcement came on the heels of a call by President Bush to approve $4.4 billion in accelerated funding for border security and other enforcement measures, answering some criticisms that the bill depended too much on undetermined appropriations.

Under the agreement, announced jointly by Sen. majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate would consider about 22 amendments, down considerably from the some 300 amendments looming over the bill before Reid pulled it last week in the wake of a failed vote to end debate on the legislation.

At the urging of Bush, who met privately with Senate leaders last Tuesday, White House officials and Senate leaders have been re-negotiating the legislation, with enforcement provisions a high priority.

The legislation would allow legalization to the country's 12 million undocumented immigrants, while reforming legal immigration and creating a temporary worker program for foreign laborers.