News of the deal upset several of the largest outside groups closely tracking the debate. NumbersUSA, a group opposed to the bipartisan bill and pushing for lower levels of immigration, said it would ask members to call senators in opposition to the measure.

Roy Beck, the group’s president, called the new agreement “a desperate political move by pro-amnesty forces to provide cover to pass a bill that would otherwise not pass. The amendment still allows the bill to give amnesty work permits and legalization before any additional enforcement” and still allows for a “massive increase” in foreign workers.

By Ed O'Keefe in The Washington Post

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Updated: Thu, Jun 20th 2013 @ 5:34pm EDT