The Senate immigration reform bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and the committee voted to pass the Senate immigration bill on a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5, on to the Senate floor for a full vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee met for five days and debated on various amendments that were filed to the immigration reform bill. It considered all the sections of the Senate immigration bill and it has added few provisions to it. The bill has been strengthened and this immigration reform legislation would make the nation stronger. This bill would stiffen border security and legalize undocumented immigrants.
Lawmakers in the Senate Judiciary Committee submitted 301 amendments to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that was introduced by the “Gang of Eight”. Out of those amendments, 100 amendments were approved. Some of the amendments were rejected by the committee and few were withdrawn. Most of the amendments were adopted with bipartisan support. The Senators have also reached a deal on High-tech visas. The Senators have finished their work on the amendments and the debate on the Senate floor might begin in June.
Immigration is complicated and America needs commonsense immigration reform. This Senate bill would put the undocumented immigrants on a path to US citizenship and it would secure the borders of the country. It would raise the cap on H-1B visas and create new non-immigrant visa programs. The bill would make E-verify mandatory for all the US employers and it would put an end to illegal immigration. Foreign nationals would not be able to cross the border illegally as the Senate bill would allocate billions of dollars to secure the country’s borders.
According to Senator Marco Rubio, the Senate Judiciary Committee through an extensive and transparent process, has improved and strengthened the bill. The Senate immigration reform bill aims at solving all the immigration problems of the country. Backers of immigration reform believe that the bill would win a solid majority in the full chamber and that it would pass in the Senate.