Immigration reform bill still has big hurdles

An immigration reform bill that passed the House of Representatives but died in the Senate last week has been left in limbo by President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Senate-passed bill would have required that immigrants convicted of serious crimes, including felonies, be deported if they had been in the U.S. for five years, but that was dropped amid pressure from conservatives.

It would have allowed employers to refuse to hire people if they were in the country illegally.

It remains unclear how many of the nearly 200,000 people in detention centers across the country would have been eligible to qualify for the waiver, and how many would have actually been granted one.

The White House said in a statement Tuesday that the Senate’s bill was a “great start,” but said it would still need to be amended to provide more protections for those already in detention.

“The president’s actions today are still in the works, and he will be working with his colleagues to make sure this legislation is passed and signed into law,” the statement read.