News from the National Immigration Forum
The Senate has concluded its debate on the immigration bill until it returns from the Memorial week recess on Monday June 4.
Regarding the votes that were the subject of the action alert sent earlier this week, the Coleman amendment on state and local enforcement was defeated 48 to 49. A vote on the Cornyn amendment was postponed until after the recess.
Here is a summary of the votes that have occurred so far.
Votes on May 22
- A Dorgan (D-ND) amendment, to strike the Y temporary worker program, was defeated by a vote of 31 to 65.
Votes on May 23
A Feinstein (D-CA) -Martinez (D-NJ) amendment, to provide for the protection of unaccompanied minors, was agreed to by voice vote.
A Gregg (R-NH) amendment, to provide even more resources for border enforcement, was agreed to by voice vote.
A Graham (R-SC) amendment, to provide for minimum sentences for those who re-enter the United States after removal, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
A Leahy (D-VT) amendment, having to do with rules applicable to immigrants employed as dairy workers, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
A Hutchison (R-TX) amendment, providing local officials and the Secretary of Homeland Security greater involvement in decisions regarding the location of border fencing, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
Votes on May 24
A Coleman (R-MN) amendment, to bar localities from having policies that bar officials from asking about immigration status in the course of law enforcement or dispensing other services, was defeated by a vote of 48 to 49.
A Sanders (D-VT) amendment, to establish the American Competitiveness Scholarship Program, passed by a vote of 59 to 35.
A Vitter (R-LA) amendment, to strike the legalization program, was defeated by a vote of 29 to 66.
New on the Forum Web site
Our comprehensive reform legislation page has been updated to reflect this week's activity.
There are links to resources, including a Q & A on the Senate bill, "Questions and Answers about the Senate Immigration Bill"