Supporters of immigration reform cheer after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

The most sweeping changes to US immigration laws in more than a quarter of a century, including 10,(...)

Senator Chuck Schumer,  one of the eight senators responsible for adding visa measures for Ireland, Canada and Poland into the proposed US immigration legislation, has defended them. “Each of these provisions makes individual sense on the merits,” his spokesman said. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Special visa arrangements for Ireland and other countries included in proposed US immigra(...)