June 28, 2007
The Senate killed President Bush's plan to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants Thursday, most likely postponing any major immigration reform until after the 2008 Presidential elections.
Supporters of the bill fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear final passage of the legislation. Critics of the bill claimed it offered amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Senators in both parties say that the bill was so controversial it is unlikely to be revisited this fall or next year. The bill's rejection was a victory for conservative Republicans who criticized giving lawful status to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.
The bill would have toughened border security and instituted a new system for weeding out illegal immigrants from workplaces. It would have created a new guest worker program and allowed millions of illegal immigrants to obtain legal status if they briefly returned home.