Senate Begins Debate On Immigration Reform Bill

Scandals are stealing recent headlines, but an immigration reform bill that could affect millions in the US is now being debated in the Senate.

President Barack Obama says there’s no reason Congress can’t pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer.

Washington Post Reports: “Immigration advocates have said they will withdraw support for the bill if the border control “trigger” that would allow illegal immigrants to earn permanent legal status is made too difficult. Negotiations over border control could be pivotal in coming weeks as Senate backers of the plan aim to win more than 60 votes to guarantee passage.

“We are willing to toughen the border. Many of our colleagues believe that’s important,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), a leading member of the group of four Democrats and four Republicans that developed the legislation. “But without forsaking our principles. One principle is that the trigger has to be both achievable and specific.” “

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