WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Wednesday killed a proposal to require illegal immigrants to return to their home countries before they could obtain temporary legal status.
The vote -- 53-45 against the proposed amendment to an immigration reform bill -- came as the Senate undertook debate on about two dozen amendments to the bill. The proposal by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would have required adult illegal immigrants to leave the United States within two years before they could apply for legal status, The New York Times reported.
The overall bill already included similar language, the newspaper said, and another amendment to be considered would made that language stricter.
The Senate resumed debate on the bill Wednesday, one day after the measure survived a 64-35 vote to continue debate.
Some conservative Republicans view the bill as granting amnesty to illegal immigrants while some Democrats don't like its proposed changes in the family-based immigration system, its border-security provisions or its impact on U.S. workers, The Los Angeles Times said.
The bill is unpopular among House Republicans. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., told a Tuesday news conference it was "dead on arrival" in the House, The Los Angeles Times said.