Senate Strongly Backs Immigration Reform; House Outlook Uncertain


The Senate approved the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation with broad support generated by a sense among leading Republicans that the party needed to join with Democrats to remove a wedge between Republicans and Hispanic voters, the New York Times reports. The strong 68-to-32 vote sent the issue to the House, where the Republican leadership plans to focus on narrower legislation that would not provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. The Senate bill provides a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million as well as tough border security provisions that must be in place before the immigrants can gain legal status. The border security plan, from Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, would devote about $40 billion over the next decade to border enforcement measures, including adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents and 700 miles of fencing along the southern border.

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