Barack Obama: U.S. presidential election, 2008/On immigration

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Barack Obama, U.S. Senator (D-Ill.)
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Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) took an active role in the U.S. Senate's drive for improved border security and immigration reform. [1]



In 2005, he co-sponsored S. 1033, the "Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act" [2], introduced May 12, 2005, by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Obama added three amendments to S. 2611, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act" [3], sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.). S. 2611 passed the Senate in May 2006, but failed to gain majority support in the U.S. House of Representatives. [4]

In September 2006, Obama supported a related bill, the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" [5] authorizing construction of fencing and other security improvements along the United States–Mexico border. [6] President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act into law in October 2006, calling it "an important step toward immigration reform." [7]


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