The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun reviewing the comprehensive immigration reform bill proposed by the bipartisan “Gang of 8.” In its first day under review, the bill was left mostly unchanged, despite Republican senators’ attempt to condition a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants on imposing stricter border security measures. Nearly all of the amendments made on the first day, save for one, were made with bipartisan agreement. The bill continues to be under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will likely make it to the Senate in June.
President Obama has made immigration reform a cornerstone of his second-term policy. The bill’s current language would create more visas for high- and low-skilled workers, create a 13 year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, and boost border security funding.