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April 16, 2006

Partisan Politics Breaks Down CIR Compromise; Thank Those Senators Who Worked to Reach Agreement

The Senate debate on immigration appears to have ended -- at least for now -- with Senators unable to reach agreement on how to proceed on the compromise agreement authored by Senators Martinez (R-FL) and Hagel (R-NE), which would have made changes to the provisions of the Senate Judiciary Committee's bill that provided a path to citizenship for the undocumented population and a temporary guestworker program for future flows. Those changes apparently had rendered the bill acceptable to certain Republicans who had opposed the initial Committee-passed version. While there seemed to be a consensus on substance, the deal apparently broke down over partisan politics and process.

AILA appreciates and applauds the determination of the many Senators who worked hard to negotiate a workable bipartisan compromise on immigration reform. Please contact these Senators and thank them for their efforts to overcome the partisan impasse:
Senator Brownback (202) 224-6521; Senator Graham (202) 224-5972; Senator Leahy (202) 224-4242; Senator McCain (202) 224-2235; Senator DeWine (202) 224-2315; Senator Hagel (202) 224-4224; Senator Lieberman (202) 224-4041; Senator Obama (202) 224-2854; Senator Durbin (202) 224-2152; Senator Kennedy (202) 224-4543; Senator Martinez (202) 224-3041; Senator Salazar (202) 224-5852.
The Senate debate will continue when Congress returns to Washington after the Spring Recess. Your Senators need to know that we want a realistic solution to the immigration problem. We need a bipartisan bill that puts policy before politics.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 16, 2006 06:41 PM

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