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US Senate moves on immigration law

US Senate votes on Tuesday to move forward with a revised immigration bill.

world Updated: Jun 26, 2007 23:54 IST
DPA

The US Senate voted on Tuesday to move forward with a revised immigration bill that would strengthen border security, expand "guest worker" jobs and offer a path to citizenship to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

The 64-35 procedural vote opened the way for senators to consider a series of amendments, many of them designed to tighten the rules and win over conservative sceptics of an overhaul championed by President George W Bush.

A first attempt to move forward on the bill failed on June 7. Since then, Bush and top aides have lobbied hard with Republican senators who opposed the original version.

First Published: Jun 26, 2007 23:49 IST