MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Sen. Patrick Leahy says reforming the U.S. immigration system requires a comprehensive, rather than a piecemeal, approach.
The Vermont Democrat's comments came at a news conference on Friday, three days after the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, approved a package including a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
Passage of comprehensive reform by the Republican-controlled House appears doubtful.
Leahy says he's disappointed the bill doesn't address one issue he's been advocating: it does not solve the problem of same-sex couples in which one of the partners is in the country without the required visa.
But Leahy says he's glad about one other provision: a ban on any move to charge a fee to people crossing the U.S.-Canadian border.
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