The U.S. Senate this week voted by a lopsided majority (84-15) to take up and debate immigration reform legislation. Observers opined that the procedural vote showed a deep well of support for passing immigration legislation, at least in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner predicted a bill would be passed by year’s end.
Amendments in the U.S. Senate, however, could gut the bipartisan legislation that has been developed by the so-called “Gang of Eight.” One amendment, that was eventually put aside, would have required that the entire southern border be under surveillance and 90 percent of illegal border crossers be apprehended before a path to citizenship could be initiated for the 11 million illegal immigrants now residing in the country.
Urge Blunt and McCaskill to Support Immigration Reform
Both U.S. Senators Claire McCaskilll and Roy Blunt need to hear from you at this time regarding the need for immigration reform. For a quick and easy way to send an e-mail postcard to them that has been prepared by the U.S. Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign click here.