US Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill including Amnesty for Illegals
A landmark immigration bill which will provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living and working in the USA has been passed by the US Senate by 68 votes to 32. The bill must now be approved by the House of Representatives, where it is likely to face tough opposition from Republicans.
In addition to the amnesty for illegal immigrants the bill includes a refreshed plan for protecting the country’s border, including some 700 miles of new fences and an increase in the number of border security agents.
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer noted the contribution that immigrants make to the American economy:
“Fewer illegal immigrants, higher GDP [gross domestic product], more jobs, reduced deficit,” he said. “Who could oppose that?”
Republican Senator David Vitter, however, was more sceptical, saying:
“The amnesty is first, virtually immediately. The enforcement is later, maybe.”
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