On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed its comprehensive
immigration reform bill (S. 744) by a vote of 68-32. NACo issued a press statement applauding the
bipartisan effort. Click here
to read the statement, which highlights several provisions of the measure that NACo
supports, but also points out that there is still work to be done.
The debate now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives,
which is not expected to take up the Senate measure; House Speaker John Boehner
(R-Ohio) has repeatedly stated that the House will draft its own comprehensive
bill. He has also said that he will not bring an immigration bill to the floor
that does not have the support of the majority of the Republican caucus. The
House could also use four incremental bills considered in recent weeks by its
Judiciary Committee to conference with the Senate.
County officials are encouraged to take advantage of the July
4 recess to contact their House members and urge them to take up comprehensive
to view NACo’s presentation on comprehensive immigration reform to learn more
about the impact of reform legislation on counties.
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