It contains provision for a guest worker program, and raises the limit on the number of skilled workers to be allowed to enter the country.
It also allows for unlimited visas for spouses and children of permanent residents.
Controversial, is the addition of close to 40 thousand border security agents, and 350 additional miles of fencing along the Mexican border.
The passing of the senate bill was of note in that the bill was devised by a bi-partisan committee, and a significant number of Republicans crossed over to vote for the bill. Its passage was seen by many as a victory for President Obama.The house will consider its version of an immigration bill after the August recess.
By Phil Shigekuni
Editor's Note: the National JACL is resolute in its support for comprehensive immigration reform.