Senate immigration bill elicits a flood of amendments

May 8, 2013

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Lawmakers filed a blizzard of potential amendments to a bipartisan Senate immigration bill Tuesday, setting the stage for weeks of intensive debate over how to reshape the nation’s ­border-control laws.

About two-thirds of the 301 proposals came from Senate Republicans, including measures to grant Congress more authority over security along the border with Mexico, to require illegal immigrants to provide DNA samples before gaining legal status and to reduce the number of undocumented workers who would be eligible to pursue citizenship.

(Cliff Owen/AP) – “This debate should be thoughtful and thorough. It will be arduous, and it ought to be deliberate,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the committee, who offered 77 amendments.

The amendments reflected the desires of many GOP lawmakers, who say that they will support only a comprehensive overhaul that puts a higher priority on law enforcement along the border and in the workplace. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin considering the amendments Thursday, and the fate of the 844-page bill will be tested by a process that is likely to stretch through several days of hearings in coming weeks.

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