U.S. immigration bill survives major challenge

Via TheStar.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Senate headed for a showdown vote on immigration, backers of a fragile compromise thwarted what they said on Wednesday was an effort to gut a provision to legalize millions of illegal immigrants and torpedo the bill. 

The Senate defeated an amendment by Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, that would have barred large numbers of illegal immigrants from taking advantage of the proposed legalization program. 

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