2007_06_bill.jpgYesterday, the controversial immigration bill proposed by President Bush stalled in the Senate when both Republicans and Democrats could not come to a final vote. The bill, which neither party liked very much for different reasons, represented a historic to change immigration law, and both parties tried to work on a compromise that would satisfy most Senators. Sixty votes were needed to stop debate and move to a final vote, but there were only 45 votes (37 Democrat - including Senators Schumer and Clinton - 7 Republican and 1 Independent) to break the filibuster.

It's unclear whether the bill will be resurrected, but many of the politicians who worked on the bill said they'd try again. Republican Senator Arlen Specter, who worked on the bill, said, "This matter is on life support, but it is not dead." Democrat Senator from NJ Robert Menendez said, "This bill is on life support and its future depends on the president getting his own party behind comprehensive reform." The Washington Post called the immigration bill's failure to pass a "political defeat" for Bush and Senators McCain and Kennedy, as well as a "scathing indictment of the political culture of Washington." Mayor Bloomberg was not a big fan of some parts of the legislation, but though the bill was a "big step forward."

In the mean time, the state's Court of Appeals decided that the Department of Motor Vehicles can prevent illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses. The DMV can now require applicants without Social Security numbers to, per the Sun, "supply more documentation than a single government letter that is easily forged." While illegal immigration opponents herald the ruling, a lawyer for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund points out, "This will essentially kick people out from the DMV database, which is one of the most reliable law enforcement tools."