AirTalk for May 22, 2013

Political machinations moving the Immigration reform bill

Senate Judiciary Cmte Meets For Markup On Immigration Bill

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The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a markup session on the immigration reform legislation in the Hart Senate Office Building on May 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The immigration bill passed a major landmark yesterday with a 13-5 approval vote in the bipartisan Senate. The bill will now undergo further debate in the Senate. However, the immigration bill still faces another challenge in the House, where it may be harder to pass, but lawmakers are hoping to soon have similar legislation.

 This bill provides a 13-year pathway to citizenship, but over 100 amendments were made to bring both parties to the table. One division has been whether the bill should allow gay Americans to sponsor green cards for their foreign-born spouses. How will this affect the passage of the immigration bill?

What can we expect in this next month of debates? Will Democrats and Republicans try to undo some of the amendments? How will the parties trying to gain more Latino and minority voters influence this bill?

Also, join AirTalk this evening at 6:30 PM for further debate on the immigration bill.

Guests:
Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington Correspondent; Felde joins us from outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration

Lisa Mascaro, Congressional Reporter, Los Angeles Times; Mascaro joins us from outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration


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