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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday criticized a bipartisan immigration bill introduced this week as failing to “live up to our values.”

Leady faulted the 844-page bill, negotiated by four Democratic and four Republican senators, for spending billions on border security and requiring illegal immigrants to wait for at least a decade to win permanent legal status.

“I fear it does not live up to our values,” said Leahy, a key figure in the immigration debate who was not involved in negotiating the legislation.

“This bill includes what some are calling ‘triggers’ that I am concerned could long delay green cards for those who we want to make full and contributing participants in our society,” he said.