Posted on June 27, 2007 by Robert A. Kraft

The U.S. Senate Wednesday killed a Republican proposal to require all adult illegal immigrants to return home before they could qualify for permanent lawful status in this country.

Also defeated was a Democratic proposal to restrict lawful immigration status to those who have been in the United States for four years rather than the current provision restricting status to those in the U.S. before January 1, 2007.

Each of these amendments was designed to make the bill more palatable to conservatives who describe the¬†currently proposed bill as “amnesty.”

There are about two dozen more amendments that must be voted on before a test-vote on the entire bill, now scheduled for Thursday.

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