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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for footprints of people crossing the U.S.- Mexico border in 2010. A border security amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill that would have significantly delayed the path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants was voted down Thursday.

GOP border security amendment to immigration bill voted down by Senate - Associated Press The Senate voted Thursday to not approve  an amendment that would have required for the U.S.-Mexico border to "be under control for six months" before unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. could move toward legal status and eventual citizenship. It was voted down 57-43.

Immigration costs are overstated, study finds - New York Times A report from an organization based in Europe compares costs of immigration internationally, arriving at the conclusion that "Across the developed world, 'the fiscal impact of immigration is close to zero...The current impact of the cumulative waves of migration that arrived over the past 50 years is just not that large.'"

Can Congress vote on immigration reform before its vacation? - TIME The Senate has set a goal to vote on its comprehensive immigration reform bill before July 4, but some critics think it's unlikely. The same deadline was blown in 2007, when then-president George W. Bush appealed to Congress to vote before the July 4 recess. That reform bill eventually died.

Cesar Chavez film to avoid immigration debate - New York Times The Arizona-born union leader and civil rights activist "fought for better wages and conditions for workers but held complex and evolving views on the status of unauthorized immigrants, some of which would be at odds with the changes many Hispanics and others are seeking today." In the midst of the national immigration debate, it's presenting a challenge for filmmakers producing a Chavez biopic.

A lifeline for no-longer-illegal immigrants - New York Times While fewer than expected young immigrants have applied for and received deferred action, which grants them two years of temporary legal status and work permits, it has changed the lives of many of those who have received it. Many have pursued career opportunities they were barred from before.

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