After what have been described as “marathon” talks, leading US Senators have reached agreement on a major overhaul of immigration law. The deal, struck between Republicans and Democrats, would give around 12 million illegal immigrants legal status. Democrat senator, Ted Kennedy, commented: “This plan isn’t perfect but it’s a strong bill. And it is a worthy solution. Only a bipartisan bill will become law.”
There was similar praise from President George W Bush, who is keen to see legislation in place before next year’s presidential election. “The agreement reached today is one that will enforce our borders but more importantly, it will treat people with respect. This is a Bill where people who live here in our country will be treated without amnesty but without animosity,” he said.
However the new deal is not without critics from both sides. There are Republicans who see it as too liberal, and Democrats who say it is not liberal enough. A full senate debate begins next week. It promises to be a passionate one.