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April 23, 2007

Update on Senate CIR negotiations

By Fawn Johnson
CongressDaily, nationaljournal.com/pubs/congressdaily/
April 20, 2007

“A core group of senators that has been meeting almost daily for the
last several weeks is close to announcing the outlines of a
comprehensive immigration bill that could be the basis for Senate debate in late May.

I think we've made a ton of progress, and I think next week, we might
even be able to talk about it more publicly, said Sen. Mel Martinez,
R-Fla., who is part of the group. The problems are small and
manageable.

There isn't overall agreement,' said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The
discussions, I think, are being taken in good faith. ...It's a
constructive dialogue.'

Two components likely to be part of the agreement are a 'trigger'
mechanism that would delay implementation of a guestworker program
until enforcement mechanisms are in place and a new 'Z visa' program
for undocumented workers in the United States, according to Martinez…”.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 23, 2007 07:05 AM

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