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Yesterday’s Historic Overhaul of Our Immigration Laws

Yesterday’s Historic Overhaul of Our Immigration Laws

The bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill puts unprecedented resources toward border security, creates an achievable path to citizenship, accelerates family reunification, and promotes economic growth.

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Yesterday the Senate passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” with a strong bipartisan vote, 68-32. As amended in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor of the Senate, the bill is a strategic overhaul of our nation’s immigration laws.

Here are the top five things the Senate immigration reform bill accomplishes:

  • Record-breaking build up at the border
  • An achievable path to citizenship
  • The most generous DREAM Act ever
  • Unprecedented family reunification
  • Economic growth

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