U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” has predicted that the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee may receive up to 70 votes when it comes before the full Senate next week.
As the comprehensive immigration reform bill moves from the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee to a full Senate floor debate, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to introduce its own version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill soon.
After months and months of posturing by lawmakers—preceded of course by months and months of posturing by presidential candidates—it took all of a week for the immigration reform bill to make it through the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee. There is, of course, still a long ways to go, but the early quick movement for the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act can only be seen as encouraging. Joining me to explain the details and what this signals going forward is Alka Bahal, Partner & Co-Chair Corporate Immigration Practice at Fox Rothschild and author on their blog, Immigration View.
As immigration reform moved toward approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21, 2013, another stand-alone bill (H.R. 2131) has been introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in the House.
Earlier this week the United States Senate Judiciary Committee finished adding fifty (50) amendments to a significant immigration reform bill.