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In immigration news: Fifth day of debate for Senate bill, a deal on high-skilled workers, detention system amendments, more

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Visas for high-skilled workers and the needs of the tech industry have been one of the key elements debated as Senate lawmakers weigh amendments to a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Immigration reform bill largely untouched going into fifth day of debate - Yahoo! News From the story: "...the so-called mark-up process has left the sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws - which would legalize most of the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants - largely untouched." But some of the more controversial elements of the Senate reform bill, including a path to citizenship, are being weighed this week.

Senators reach deal to ease high tech rules in U.S. immigration bill - Reuters Senate lawmakers have "reached a tentative deal with tech companies to ease restrictions on hiring foreigners for high-skilled jobs in the Senate's sweeping immigration bill, sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday." The proposal must still be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing amendments to the bill.

Sen. Orrin Hatch emerges as key GOP vote on immigration - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Hatch is seen as the Republican domino – the first GOP senator, beyond the four in the bipartisan group that crafted the immigration bill, to potentially join the effort...A yes from Hatch could jump-start support from the party as the bill moves to the full Senate."

Can Tea Party conservatives kill immigration reform? - Washington Post A conservative coalition of high-profile activists and politicians has "issued a letter declaring their absolute opposition to the comprehensive immigration bill, and urging Senate Republicans to scrap the entire project."

Senate committee votes on immigrant detention amendments - Southern California Public Radio Among the amendments to the Senate immigration bill approved Monday were proposals that would restrict the solitary confinement of immigrant detainees, allow detainees to better arrange for their children's care while in custody, and require more record-keeping and transparency in the detention system.

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