Thursday, May 24, 2007

//News//Legislators Approve Guest Worker Program; Cuts Visa Allocation

U.S. Senators on Wednesday voted to include the guest worker program in the proposed Border Security and Immigration Reform Act but not before cutting the number of visa allocation from 400,000 to 200,000 per year.

In a 74-24 vote, the Senate also voted a provision that bars any adjustment to the guest worker visa allocation regardless of job demand.

Senators also approved other amendments including raising border security personnel from 18,000 to 20,000; increasing the U.S.-Mexico fence from 200 to 300 miles; and expanding detention facilities to accommodate 31,500 detainees, up from 27,500 as earlier proposed.

Other amendments, including those related to family petitioning, will be taken up in the next few days.

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