A number of news organizations are reporting that a deal on immigration is now likely to be announced in the coming hours. The most significant development appears to be a major revamping of the family-based immigration system that will convert the system to one that is based on points with family ties now being a factor - albeit a very important factor - in qualifying for a green card. Education, skills, age, English proficiency and other criteria may now also determine who will qualify. The pro-immigration community will likely have to swallow hard before accepting or at least work on the House bill and try and soften the Senate some during the conference. Stay tuned...