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Jun 21, 2013

Senate sets Monday vote in key test for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A landmark immigration bill appears headed toward passage next week in the U.S. Senate, where a test vote is set for Monday on a border-security deal designed to bolster Republican support.

The Democratic-led Senate is expected to pass the White House-backed bill and send it to the Republican-led House of Representatives, where it faces more resistance, especially over a provision that would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Jun 20, 2013

Senate immigration deal would double number of U.S. border agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A flood of new federal agents and high-tech surveillance devices would be dispatched to the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico under a deal aimed at winning passage of an immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, congressional sources said on Thursday.

The proposal, which could be formally offered as an amendment to the sprawling immigration bill as early as Thursday, would double the overall number of U.S. border patrol agents, according to senior Senate Democratic aides.

Jun 19, 2013

Backers of immigration reform embrace upbeat economic assessment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Backers of a landmark immigration bill voiced confidence on Wednesday that it will pass the U.S. Senate as early as next week, propelled by new evidence that the sweeping legislation would boost the economy and help narrow the government’s budget deficit.

The economic projection, released on Tuesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, is “a big game-changer,” New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, a member of the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight” that wrote the bill, told Reuters.

Jun 19, 2013

Senate immigration bill to aid economy, budget office says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A White House-backed bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system got a boost on Tuesday when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that the measure would cut federal budget deficits and boost the U.S. economy.

The CBO analysis came as the Senate fended off amendments by the bill’s opponents that would have delayed for an unspecified amount of time provisions to legalize up to 11 million undocumented immigrants and allow them to gain citizenship within 13 years.

Jun 17, 2013

Republican senators seek border compromise for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small group of Republican senators worked Monday on a possible border security compromise that would make a sweeping immigration bill more acceptable to some otherwise reluctant conservatives.

The proposal is aimed at a satisfying calls by Republicans for further steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the legislation currently being debated in the U.S. Senate that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.

Jun 17, 2013

Republican senators mull border compromise for U.S. immigration bill

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – A small group of Republican
senators worked Monday on a possible border security compromise
that would make a sweeping immigration bill more acceptable to
some otherwise reluctant conservatives.

The proposal is aimed at a satisfying calls by Republicans
for further steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as part of
the legislation currently being debated in the U.S. Senate that
would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants
already in the United States.

Jun 13, 2013

Senate rejects Republican effort to gut immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican amendment that foes said would have undermined a key element of the White House-backed bill that aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said the defeat of his amendment, 57-43, broke a promise by President Barack Obama’s Democrats to permit an “open debate” on the landmark immigration legislation. Democrats forced a vote after little discussion.

Jun 12, 2013

Immigration bill clears early test vote; Obama calls for action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to begin consideration of a White House-backed bill to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, burying a procedural roadblock that opponents regularly use to delay or kill legislation.

With last November’s election indicating broad support for the landmark measure, even some senators who have expressed opposition voted to allow the debate and amendment process to commence.

Jun 11, 2013

Obama seeks to boost immigration bill, urges Congress to back it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to inject momentum into the push for U.S. immigration reform on Tuesday, urging lawmakers who were “serious” about the issue to support a Senate bill and highlighting the economic benefits of changing the system.

Obama, who won re-election last year thanks in part to strong support from Latino voters, has made immigration reform a top priority of his second term.

Jun 10, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme to protect world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the source who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world.”

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

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