Immigration Reform Bill Gets Senate Judiciary Nod

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border, Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act Tuesday on a bipartisan 13 to 5 vote. More than 200 amendments were considered - and 141 adopted - during the committee's five markup sessions to consider the bipartisan legislation. President Obama said the legislation is largely consistent with the principles of commonsense reform he has proposed - and meets the challenge of fixing the nation's broken immigration system. But he also urged the Senate to improve it further on the Senate floor. The New York Times reported that some high-profile and conservation leaders and activists went even further - publishing an open letter that denounced the bill and said the Senate would do better to start from scratch. They compared it to the President's health care bill - calling it bloated and unwieldy.

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