This Week in Immigration Reform: 68-32

The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate today with 68 votes.  Although the sponsors didn’t get the 70 votes they were aiming for, the 68 affirmative votes represent a strong majority, putting pressure on the House of Representatives.  That the bill passed the Senate is no surprise, neither is the strong majority.  The “border surge” amendment, which was introduced on the senate floor last week, and passed with 69 votes yesterday, satisfied Republican demands for border security, garnering even more support for the bill.  However, now the real battle begins as the ball shifts to the court of the obstinate, Republic-run House of Representatives.  What the house bill will look like is anyone’s guess, but it will be different.  Here’s hoping the path to citizenship remains intact, and our nation’s broken immigration system is finally improved in a way that respects the human rights of the millions of immigrants who came to this country for a better life.

Senate approves ‘border surge’ amendment

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