Senate passes immigration reform bill 68-32

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    Jun 27, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.

    The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack Obama's second-term domestic agenda. But the bill's prospects are highly uncertain in the Republican-controlled House, where party leaders are jockeying for position in advance of expected action next month.

    Spectators in galleries that overlook the Senate floor watched expectantly as senators voted one by one from their desks. Some onlookers erupted in chants of "Yes, we can" after Vice President Joe Biden announced the vote result.

    After three weeks of debate, there was no doubt about the outcome. Fourteen Republicans joined all 52 Democrats and two independents to support the bill.
  • metta

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    Jul 19, 2013 7:36 AM GMT
    The End of Marco Rubio

    "As I’ve noted elsewhere, I believe immigration reform is quite likely dead, unless its biggest supporters accept that fact and take the fight into the political and campaign arena rather than letting it die a slow death of opacity on Capitol Hill.

    But it’s not too soon to note the main political fatality: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)."
  • metta

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    Nov 15, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    US immigration reform all but dead for 2013

    "House Speaker John Boehner signaled Wednesday that comprehensive US immigration reform was dead this year, saying the existing Senate measure offering a pathway to citizenship would not get a vote."
  • tazzari

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    Nov 15, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    King Boehner
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    Nov 15, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Good. Glad to see amnesty won't be happening at least for now.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 15, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    PrickleyHeat saidGood. Glad to see amnesty won't be happening at least for now.

    Why are you glad about that?
  • metta

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    Nov 15, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    I wish that they would do more to help those that are here legally on Visas to get their paperwork processed in a reasonable manner. I have a friend that has been here legally since the age of 13. He is 33 now, and is still waiting for his paperwork to be processed. He has been told that it will still take several more years before he can even get a green card. The constant rule changes and delays have made it ridiculous.