Yesterday, supporters of the immigration reform bill fell 14 Senate votes short of advancing the legislation. The Senate voted 46 to 53 on the bill; 60 votes in favor were needed to move the bill forward.
According to the Washington Post, the bill would have coupled tough border enforcement measures and a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants, a new guest worker system for foreigners seeking entry and dramatic changes to the system of legal migration
This marks a second defeat for the comprehensive immigration reform package. Both parties agree that the current immigration system is broken, but Democrats and Republicans have yet to agree on how to address the issue.
Pundits don’t expect the bill to be revived again until after the 2008 elections.
Source: Washington Post