Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Senators attempt to revive immigration reform debate

Immigration reform took a backseat to health care and economic policy on the congressional agenda this year, but two Democratic Senators aimed to bring it back to the forefront by introducing a new immigration bill last week.

The bill has little chance of succeeding, according to some policy experts. However, a spokeswoman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who cosponsored the bill with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), said the senators want to start moving immigration reform along before a new Congress convenes in January.

“If there’s an opportunity to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this Congress, the Senators want to be ready,” said Leahy’s press secretary Erica Chabot...

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