June 27, 2007
The Senate killed a proposal to the immigration bill made by Democratic Senator Jim Webb Wednesday that would have allowed only those who had been in the country four years to gain lawful status.
The bill would have made anyone in the country by January 1st of this year eligible for legalization. The Senate voted 79-18 against the bill, which Webb claimed would have raised the public's comfort level with granting lawful status to illegal immigrants.
Another proposal shot down today was a Republican proposal to require all adult illegal immigrants to return home temporarily in order to qualify for permanent lawful status in the country.
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