A copy of the massive Senate immigration reform bill, pre-amendments, in April.
Immigration bill faces tough path in full Senate - USA Today The broad immigration reform bill that cleared a Senate committee last month now goes before the full Senate, which resumes its session Monday. Its backers are still trying to rally more support from Senate Republicans, many of whom have reservations about border security and other issues.
Applications slow for Obama immigration program - Los Angeles Times It's been almost a year since President Obama announced the creation of the deferred action program, which offers temporary legal status to certain young immigrants who arrived as minors. But it's proven not to be as popular as anticipated. Applications have slowed from 116,000 in October to 31,000 in March.
Immigration reform deal hangs on border security - Politico From the story: "...already, reform proponents worry that the Senate supermajority is an elusive goal that could undermine the bill, particularly on border security." Many Senate Republicans have pushed for more border security, and for making other provisions - like legalization for unauthorized immigrants - contingent upon security goals.
U.S. immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows - Reuters A provision in the Senate immigration reform bill would give dairy farmers better access to foreign farm workers. Bill supporters pushing the dairy plan hope to "win over Republican senators representing states scattered throughout the country and where the $35 billion U.S. dairy farm industry contributes heavily to local economies."
Education is missing key for some young immigrants - Los Angeles Times Some young immigrants, such as farm workers, have been unable to qualify for temporary legal status under deferred action because they lack a high school diploma or equivalent, even if they are under the cutoff age of 30. They can make up for it by attending school, but many can't afford the time.