On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid says Dems may curb the filibuster Obama begins climate victory lap at Lake Tahoe White House sets up Puerto Rico oversight MORE (D-Nev.) filed a motion to end debate on proceeding to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. That vote is expected next Tuesday.
“What came to committee as an agreement from a Gang of Eight is now from a group of 18,” Leahy said referring to the number of senators serving on the Judiciary Committee. “Let’s make it a group of 100.”
Sens. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsGiuliani, Sessions wear 'Make Mexico Great Again Also' hats at Trump rally Trump in Mexico calls for end to 'disaster' of illegal immigration Sessions: 'I can be supportive' of Trump's immigration plans MORE (R-Ala.) and Mike LeeMike LeeProtecting generic pharma competition is necessary now House Freedom Caucus should support justice reform this fall The impact of silence: The incarceration of children who have committed no crime MORE (R-Utah) used the first day of floor debate on the bill to point out its flaws Friday.
Some Republicans have complained that the legislation is being rushed through, and that it would provide amnesty for illegal residents before strengthening border enforcement.
“We need an immigration system that lives up to American values,” Leahy said. “Few topics are more fundamental to who we are as a nation than immigration.
“We should do what is right, what’s fair, what’s just. Immigration reform is an important economic issue and a civil rights issue and a fairness issue. … I believe we can write the next great chapter in American history.”
Reid said he hoped Senate work would be completed on immigration reform by the July recess, but some Republicans have vowed to drag out the process.