On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid: Dems 'likely' to block spending bill Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Shutdown risk grows over Flint 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 SessionsTrump, Clinton discuss counterterrorism with Egyptian president GOP senators want immigration details on attack suspects GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Ala.) and Mike LeeMike LeeShutdown risk grows over Flint Conservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill Trump accepts Cruz endorsement after saying he wouldn't 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.