Immigration Reform: Five Years Later, What's New?


"Mr. Bush placed telephone calls to lawmakers throughout the morning, but members of his party abandoned him in droves, with only 12 of the 49 Senate Republicans sticking by him on the key procedural vote that determined the bill's fate," the New York Times reported on June 28, 2007. "Nearly one-third of Senate Democrats voted, in effect, to block action on the bill."

Candy Hill of Catholic Charities USA said the men and women who count on her organization for information about these developments "have been down this road before."

"People have had their hopes up and then dashed," Hill said. "We've been close before -- on the DREAM act, for example -- only to have it fail."

Like Alonso-Yoder, Hill and her colleagues are cautiously optimistic about the plan they say follows in the footsteps of 2007 but with a new tone in Washington. For now, they say they are hitting the ground, getting out as much information as possible to those who could benefit from this legislation.

"I don't think there's enough available to celebrate," Hill said. "The celebration comes when we've negotiated a bill, and the president has actually signed it, and we can actually deliver that service to people that have been waiting for a long time."

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