Friday, June 8, 2007

//News// U.S. immigration reform suffers setback

U.S. Senators voted down a proposed immigration reform bill, 50-45, but advocates pledged they would continue to push for the nation's most sweeping immigration initiative in years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled out the bill immediately after a vote Thursday evening, which was called to get a cloture on the bill, resulted in favor of continuing debates. Discussions on proposed amendments to the bill, which seeks to give 12 million illegals in the U.S. a path to citizenship and introduce a guest-worker program, would continue in the following weeks.

Additional sources for this story:
Immigration bill stalls in Senate
Careful Strategy Is Used to Derail Immigration Bill

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

what will happen now to filipino nurses who are all set to leave for usa but still have pending interviews in us embassy? does it mean it will take them much longer time waiting to have the interview?

Geoff said...

Even if the Senate passed the bill, we still have to wait what the House of Representative does. Meaning, Senate passage was just step 1, step 2 is getting a bill approved by the Lower House, and step 3 is getting the two bills reconciled and approved, and step 4
is the President signing the bill into law.

With a setback in step 1, it means the waiting time will be much longer.

So far, I know that all pending interviews have been suspended except if your priority date is before June 2005. Your hope for the meantime is for the EB3 processing to progress to your date of priority.

This is just my opinion, of course, and I'm not a legal expert. :-)

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