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 SessionsThe new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Justice requires higher standard than Sessions Cory Booker: It's now time to fight 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 FeinsteinJustice requires higher standard than Sessions Senate to vote Friday on Trump's defense picks Senate seeks deal on Trump nominees MORE (R-Calif.) requiring the DHS to set standards to ensure the humane treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.