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June 16, 2007

Senate Leaders Agree to Revive Immigration Bill

By ROBERT PEAR and JEFF ZELENY, Published: June 15, 2007, the New York Times;

"WASHINGTON, June 14 — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a way to revive a comprehensive immigration bill that was pulled off the Senate floor seven days ago.

The majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and the minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, said they expected the bill to return to the floor before the Fourth of July recess.

In a joint statement, Mr. Reid and Mr. McConnell said: “We met this evening with several of the senators involved in the immigration bill negotiations. Based on that discussion, the immigration bill will return to the Senate floor after completion of the energy bill.”

The immigration bill, ardently sought by President Bush, would make the biggest changes in immigration law and policy in more than 20 years.

It would increase border security, crack down on companies that employ illegal immigrants, establish a guest worker program and offer legal status to most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

The agreement does not guarantee that the bill will be approved by the Senate or become law".

Go to; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/washington/15immig.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&oref=login&emc=th&adxnnlx=1181911269-y66t5+z9vZeFXMXyj+NPwg

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 16, 2007 05:49 AM

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