Lincoln: Immigration Legislation Would Benefit Everyone

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Blanche Lincoln says a failed proposal to offer some children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship was the "last stretch" of an investment the government has already made and not a form of amnesty.

Lincoln said yesterday she is disappointed by the failure in the Senate of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.  The legislation would have allowed illegal immigrants who plan to attend college or join the military, and who came to the U.S. with their families before they turned 16, to move toward legality.

Lincoln told reporters in a conference call yesterday that the bill would allow the nation to get a return on an investment that's already been made.

Lincoln voted with other Democrats on a 52-44 vote Wednesday, but 60 votes were needed to advance the proposal.  Senator Mark Pryor voted against advancing the proposal.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)