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Landmark bill facing trial

A landmark immigration bill in the US Senate is facing a critical trial — whether it can survive hundreds of amendments from the left and right and emerge relatively intact. As of Tuesday’s deadline for filing amendments, some 300 had been offered by Democrats and Republicans.

world Updated: May 08, 2013 23:15 IST

A landmark immigration bill in the US Senate is facing a critical trial — whether it can survive hundreds of amendments from the left and right and emerge relatively intact. As of Tuesday’s deadline for filing amendments, some 300 had been offered by Democrats and Republicans.

Many of them, particularly from the GOP side, would strike at the heart of the bill in a way supporters say would destroy the fragile agreement between four Republican and four Democratic senators — known as the Gang of Eight — who wrote the legislation.