Senate passes its major immigration overhaul
Lisa Mascaro and Brian BennettWASHINGTON — A landmark bill to overhaul the immigration system passed the Senate on Thursday, winning a large majority as its sponsors had hoped, but showing no signs of gaining ground with the Republican majority in the House.
Supporters hailed the bipartisan bill as a historic achievement. President Obama called it "common-sense reform" and urged the House to take it up. "We have a unique opportunity to fix our broken system in a way that upholds our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants," he said. "We just need Congress to finish the job."
Many conservative Republicans deride the bill's central element — a path to citizenship for the 11 million people in the country without legal status — as "amnesty." Many represent districts with few minority voters and have little familiarity with the complexities of immigration law. They are drafting their own legislation, unswayed by the Senate's hard-fought compromise.
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"Senate passes its major immigration overhaul", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 24/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/senate-passes-its-major-immigration-overhaul