The Senate has rejected one plan to allow the estimated 12 (m) million illegal immigrants in the U-S to remain, work and eventually become Americans.
Several lawmakers who voted against the proposal offered by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) say they did so reluctantly. The vote preserves a fragile bipartisan coalition needed to pass the overall bill, which is expected to happen tomorrow or Thursday. Feinstein's amendment would have replaced a delicate compromise that has kept the bill alive. A bigger fight on the bill is still to come -- when the House and Senate meet to negotiate a compromise bill. The House has passed an enforcement-only bill that would make illegal immigrants felons. It offers no path to citizenship or a guest worker program, which critics call amnesty.