appearing to make solid progress on immigration reform Thursday (April 6), the
U.S. Senate hit a procedural stumbling block and was not able to complete its
version of a bill before the spring recess.
a test vote Friday, the bill fell 22 votes short of the 60 needed to overcome
procedural hurdles and move forward. Democrats had refused Thursday evening to
allow votes on Republican amendments they said would lead to the bills demise.
bill would have allowed those illegal immigrants who had been in the U.S. for
five years to apply for citizenship once certain conditions had been met. The
measure would also have allowed those in the country for more than two years to
apply for a work visa.
not known if the Senate will take up the legislation after returning from its
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