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Immigration Reform Bill Passed by Senate Judiciary Committee

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Moves forward in the Senate. Yesterday (May 21, 2013) the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up weeks of work on immigration reform by passing S. 744 the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" out of committee with a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5. That bipartisanship is a good sign. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy (D-VT) did an excellent job in moving this bill through committee. At the beginning of this process, there were nearly 300 amendments filed by Senators, many of which would have been detrimental to the effectiveness of the legislation and to our system of immigration. The committee stood firm against most of those detrimental amendments. The immigration reform bill now goes to full Senate for consideration. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has vowed to bring up the bill quickly. What does this mean for our clients? This progress is a huge step forward. If the Senate will pass a bill and if the House of Representatives will do the same, the two chambers of Congress will need to collaborate and agree on a common bill. Once such a bill emerges out of that collaboration, Congress can vote to pass a huge comprehensive immigration bill which President Obama is most likely to sign into law. Please use the Memorial Day recess to contact your Senators and Representatives to make your voices heard on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. And, please stay tuned. At this point NO ONE knows what a final law may look like until both the House of Representatives and the US Senate revise and pass it. We will keep you updated on our website and via emails to our clients. Find more information at

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