Pro-immigrant advocates expressed dismay over the amendment stalling.
“It is a strong amendment that should not be controversial. I'm hopeful that Sens. Coons and [Jeff] Flake [R-Ariz.] will come back with a tweaked version that easily passes,” said Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of America’s Voice.
The committee also defeated by a vote of 11 to 7 an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSenate clears water bill with Flint aid, drought relief Critics of Jeff Sessions's LGBT case don't know their history (or his) Senate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination MORE (R-Ala.) exempting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano from having to issue policies governing use-of-force guidelines for Border Patrol officials.
The panel adopted by voice vote an amendment from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinSenate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination Senators move to protect 'Dreamers' Mika Brzezinski: Clinton camp wanted me off the air MORE (R-Calif.) requiring the DHS to set standards to ensure the humane treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.