07 April 2006

Set-back for immigrants in U.S.


April 7th 2006

There's been a set-back to the hopes of Irish immigrants in America.

A compromise plan to change US immigration law has failed on its first test vote in the Senate.

It comes just a day after leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties had agreed to the plan and predicted it would have wide support.

Opponents of the measure complained it would give an amnesty to illegals in the US, of which, 20,000 are estimated to be Irish. Senator Ted Kennedy, a co-sponsor of the legislation has stated that, "politics got in the way of policy and there's enough blame to go round".

Backers of the bill were 22 votes short of the 60 needed in the 100-member Senate to overcome procedural hurdles and move the bill forward.

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