Monday, May 7, 2007

//News// Senate immigration debate set May 14

US Democratic leaders have pledged to start immigration debates on the Senate floor on May 14, but with a week remaining and political leaders and congressmen continuing to argue over what should be included in the immigration bill, it is unclear if the deadline will be met.

Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House Speaker, reportedly will only allow immigration debates on the floor if there is support from at least 60 Republicans.

US President Bush last week reiterated a call to push immigration reform legislation, saying that he will work with both Democrat and Republican legislators to get a new bill passed.

The movement towards a comprehensive reform act is crucial to resolving the retrogression affecting Schedule A occupations, including nurses and therapists. The outcome of debates on immigration reform will determine if the retrogression will be resolved through the new immigration law or if a bridge program that would recapture unused visas would still be needed.

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