Immigration Reform Bill Moves to the Senate Floor After Passing with a 13-5 Vote

On Tuesday, May 21st, the new immigration reform bill cleared a major hurdle when it was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 13-5 vote. After spending days debating the bill's amendments, which were designed to address issues including border security, immigration rights as they pertain to same-sex couples, the high-skilled worker visa program, family-based visas for siblings or sons and daughters over the age of 30, and whether immigrants who are currently residing in the United States illegally should have a path to citizenship, the committee was able to approve a comprehensive immigration bill and send it on to the Senate floor. Many of the proposed amendments, in particular those which were highly controversial, were voted down by the members of the committee. Some were never even put up for a vote. The House of Representatives is now in the process of coming up with their own resolution for immigration reform which if passed, would then need to be reconciled with the Senate bill before a final immigration bill could be sent to the President for approval.

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