The Sunday talk shows are abuzz with excitement over the long-awaited debate in the U.S. Senate on immigration reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) and on June 11, the Senate voted 82-15 to finally debate immigration reform in earnest. The Senate seems to be more focused in its approach, while the House appears to be more divided. Based on an ambitious and aggressive timeline, the Senate is vowing to have a bill ready before the July 4 recess.
A decisive vote for an immigration bill in the Senate is likely to send a message to the House. The House can adopt the Senate version or come up with its own bill, possibly even before the August recess. If the House puts forth their own bill, Congress will enter the conferencing phase in September and October to craft a compromise and have a comprehensive immigration bill on the President’s desk for signature before year’s end.