Friday, June 08, 2007

Bad News for those in favor of Immigration reform!

IMMIGRATION BILL DIES IN SENATE. Bad news today for California winegrape growers. President Bush's immigration bill died yesterday in the Senate on a procedural vote. Only 45 of the necessary two-thirds of the senators voted to proceed, and 50 were opposed. The stalemate ends, at least for now, months of bipartisan negotiations between the White House and a key group of senators.

The legislation would have legalized the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now in the country, created a large new guest-worker program, with separate provisions for farmworkers, toughened enforcement at the border and imposed a new verification system on all U.S. employers and workers.

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