The Senate continues debating immigration reform this week after taking a break from voting on amendments last Thursday. Caught up in an argument over procedure, they hope to take up additional amendments starting Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may hold the Senate in session through the weekend—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—in order to finish the bill by the 4th of July recess.
Meanwhile, tired of waiting for the House Group of Eight to submit a comprehensive bill, the House Judiciary Committee has begun to consider individual bills on separate immigration issues. The first bill, sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R – SC), is called the Strengthen and Forify Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act for short. This bill would authorize states to participate in enforcement efforts, a controversial move reminiscent of Arizona’s S.B. 1070, which created a stir in 2010 over racial profiling practices.