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2/24: Draft Senate Immigration Bill Released
Released 05 March 2006  By National Immigration Forum

Draft Senate Immigration Bill Released
February 24 - National Immigration Forum

Early this morning, advocates in Washington obtained a copy of the revised "Chairman's Mark"--the comprehensive reform legislation that will serve as the starting point for the Senate Judiciary Committee?s consideration of comprehensive immigration reform.

The revised draft is a huge disappointment: it incorporates many of the enforcement provisions from the House bill (the Sensenbrenner bill). For the undocumented, there would be indefinite conditional temporary status, with no extra provision made to provide a path to permanent residence outside of a revised family and employment visa preference system. In effect, millions of the undocumented would be consigned to a permanent second-class status.

This is the Beginning, Not the End: Contact Your Senators! We had hoped that by the time of the markup, the bill would lean more towards the Kennedy/McCain formulation of comprehensive reform. In fact, this latest version is more onerous that the version we have previously written about. Still, the game is just beginning it's just that we are starting on our own two yard line.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin to "mark up" the bill beginning March 2 (Thursday). All Senators should be hearing from advocates about the need for comprehensive reform. This is especially the case for Senators who serve on the Judiciary Committee. For Committee members, check here:

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