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of low-income immigrants and their family members.
The two comprehensive bills not only contained a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, but also included a number of measures that would undermine the spirit and effectiveness of the legalization provisions, eroding the rights of current and future immigrants.
Numerous amendments that sought to severely weaken the legalization provisions were introduced and, if brought to a vote, could have passed as part of the Senate bill.
The bill that would have emerged from the Senate would almost certainly have been transformed into something much less generous and more punitive when reconciled with HR 4437, the Sensenbrenner bill, by a House-Senate conference committee appointed by Senator Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert.