Spencer Abraham on Immigration
Former Secretary of Energy & Former Republican Senator (MI)
Splitting with his party, Senator Abraham led the effort to make a strong pro-immigrant case during the Judiciary Committee and full Senate debate over the Immigration Reform Act of 1996, introducing and helping pass an amendment to split the bill to consider legal and illegal immigration separately. Because of his efforts, the amendment passed overwhelmingly.
The Senator also worked to defeat an amendment which would have reduced legal immigration by cutting overall “family preference” immigration by 60%. Again, thanks to Senator Abraham, the Senate rejected the amendment by a vote of 80-20.
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