On May 21st, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) concluded its mark-up of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. It passed the bill out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 13-5, with the support of all Democratic Senators and three Republican Senators (Senators Hatch, Flake and Graham). The Committee action marks an important step toward enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. The next step is a debate and vote on the Senate floor, which is expected to take place in June. Farmworker Justice’s statement on the passage of the S. 744 out of the SJC is here.
The mark-up in the SJC included two amendments directly impacting the blue card program, which allows undocumented farmworkers and their immediate family members to earn immigration status and permanent residency.
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