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06/21/07--United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., during a news conference on the immigration bill with representatives of farm workers organizations. Meanwhile, Senate backers of the fragile immigration overhaul are drafting last-minute changes designed to sway colleagues concerned about border security and enforcement before the legislation returns to the floor. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he is working on at least two amendments aimed at convincing GOP doubters that the current proposal Ñ with some slight modifications Ñ remains the best option for securing the border and stemming illegal immigration. GrahamÕs amendments are on a list of approximately two dozen still being worked on behind the scenes as supporters hope to move the legislation in the final days before the July Fourth recess. ÒThe 22 amendments provide vehicles to substantially increase the marketability of this bill in all areas: enforcement, employment deterrents,Ó Graham said. ÒConstructive criticism has been listened to. Many of these amendments have come from criticism we received.Ó The effort continues to hit snags, however, the latest coming Wednesday when Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announced they would vote against moving the measure forward. Both had been involved in drafting the bipartisan deal. Further complicating matters is a crowded legislative calendar that would likely have senators debating immigration in the days Ñ and hours Ñ before they leave for the weeklong holiday break. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

06/21/07--United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., during a news conference on the immigration bill with representatives of farm workers organizations. Meanwhile, Senate backers of the fragile immigration overhaul are drafting last-minute changes designed to sway colleagues concerned about border security and enforcement before the legislation returns to the floor. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said...
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