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Border bill backers seek boost in enforcement provisions

June 21, 2007 Senate negotiators of a compromise immigration bill are writing a catchall amendment, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to bolster enforcement provisions of the bill, including a more robust "touchback" requirement for illegal immigrants. Republicans outside the negotiating team are asking that Graham's amendment, as well as a few others, ...

DHS chief opposes alternative approach to worker eligibility checks

June 21, 2007 The administration is urging the architects of a comprehensive immigration bill to reject an amendment on mandatory employment verification that both the business community and immigrant advocates support. In a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Judiciary ranking member Arlen Specter, R-Pa., Homeland ...

Senators eye funding to save immigration reform bill

June 14, 2007 Senate negotiators of a broad immigration bill have all but scrapped the idea of an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for border security in favor of an amendment to the bill that would provide $4.4 billion in mandatory funds immediately upon enactment. Republicans outside the negotiating team are saying they would ...

GOP dissenters contribute to immigration deal’s collapse

June 8, 2007 Senators pledged to resurrect the immigration compromise and engaged in finger-pointing Friday over who was to blame for the bill's sudden demise. After the Senate rejected cloture Thursday night, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he has no intention of bringing it back before next week's debate on an energy ...

Groups await changes in immigration bill

May 31, 2007 When the Senate returns next week, the business community will watch the immigration debate with trepidation, not wanting to scuttle the bill's movement while at the same time calling for fundamental changes. Tech firms, upset about the provisions in the bill related to visas for skilled foreign workers, known as ...

Coalition targets employer verification in immigration bill

May 21, 2007 A business coalition that did not participate in talks leading to a bipartisan agreement on immigration has launched what it terms a grassroots campaign among employers urging the Senate to revise the deal. Business groups that participated in talks leading to the deal also have expressed unhappiness with the agreement, ...

Senators reach deal on immigration reform measure

May 17, 2007 Senators negotiating a broad immigration bill announced an agreement Thursday to create a 400,000-employee-a-year guestworker program and a system for issuing over 1 million permanent visas annually on the basis of job skills, education and family ties to legal residents. The bill also would provide a path to citizenship for ...

Senators to meet on immigration reform

April 30, 2007 As the May 14 date for a Senate immigration floor debate looms closer, negotiations on a bipartisan bill remain fluid, and some aides and lobbyists are questioning whether it will be ready in time. GOP aides said bipartisan staff talks broke down last week because of a misunderstanding on how ...

Senate group close to immigration deal

April 20, 2007 A core group of senators that has been meeting almost daily for the last several weeks is close to announcing the outlines of a comprehensive immigration bill that could be the basis for Senate debate in late May. "I think we've made a ton of progress, and I think next ...

Democrats aiming to roll back planned hike in citizenship fee

March 7, 2007 Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky unveiled legislation Wednesday that would prevent the Homeland Security Department's Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from almost doubling citizenship application fees. USCIS announced the fee increase -- from $330 to $595 -- earlier in the year. ...