Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

Categories: Border Disorder

The federal immigration-reform bill passed the Senate this afternoon, by a vote of 68-32.

Obviously, Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as members of the so-called "Gang of Eight," voted in favor of the bill.

The bill, which calls for providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the country, still has a long way to go.

Problem number one is that the House of Representatives exists. Here's part of what House Speaker John Boehner said today in his weekly press briefing:
The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We're going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it'll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. For any legislation -- including a conference report -- to pass the House, it's going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.

Listen, immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security. That's what the American people believe, and it's a principle that our majority believes in as well. Chairman McCaul's done a good job passing a border security bill. Chairman Goodlatte is doing good work over in the Judiciary Committee.

And if immigration reform is going to work, it's essential that the American people have the confidence that it's being done correctly. That's how the House will approach this issue.

Some of the Republicans' apprehensions to the Senate bill was that border security wasn't strong enough in the bill, so the Senate approved a $38 billion amendment that's supposed to double the number of border agents and increase fencing. Governor Jan Brewer voiced her support for that amendment, which confused many people into thinking she was endorsing the entire bill, which she has since assured everyone that she doesn't.

A good outline of what's actually in the bill has been assembled by the Associated Press, which shows you how many hoops that "pathway to citizenship" actually has.
Watch Vice President Joe Biden announce the vote:

And, if you wanted Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's two cents:
"Thank you to our Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake for working hard in a bipartisan way toward comprehensive immigration reform. Along with the Gang of Eight they fought for better border security and a pathway to citizenship that will allow families to stay together and our economy to grow. But we must keep the momentum going -- our representatives in the House have a lot of bipartisan work to do, and Phoenix needs them to act. No region in the country will benefit more economically from passage of comprehensive immigration reform and the Dream Act than ours."

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Please stop referring to this as 'immigration reform". While it may have started out with that in mind, it has become another "homeland insecurity" bill which ensures that more immigrants will be criminalized and fed into the private prisons.


Since 1970, New York has gone from 41 to 27 in the house, and Illinois has gone from 24 to 18 in the u.s. house. Both these states are flat broke. Any reason why schumer and durbin always got their mugs in front of this ?

david_saint01 topcommenter

lol so now the House will work on a bill that the Senate wont ever vote on...thanks GOP obstructionists...guess militarizing the border and building our version of the Berlin Wall isnt good enough for you? lol what exactly are they looking for i wonder..nothing, they are just using that tired old line as a way to ignore the bill and never get anything done with immigration because as many of their leaders have said, "why would we want to help people become citizens that will never vote for us?"

valleynative topcommenter

It sounds like the thing to do is for the people to let their Representatives know that the Senate bill looks like it's probably at least as good as anything they're likely to come up with, and so they should bite the bullet and pass it.

WhoKnows topcommenter

Has Jaffy drunk himself silly yet?  Maybe to the point he'll propose to Arpaio?

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Mike Honcho

11million Humans get rewarded for all theyre Blood sweat n Tears"""" N hard work n dedication""


@mikegray10 Debtors prison is slowly being reintroduced.  I don't think the prison profiteers care about the papers of their free labor - well free except for the public expense part those of us still working pay for.  They still get away with not paying the true cost of human labor while removing jobs from the private sector that some people would be glad to have no matter how some belittle those that need them (the jobs.)  

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@Dustin Mitchell  About a third of the Republicans in the Senate voted for it.  Many who didn't simply didn't want Obama to be able to take credit for it.  Similarly, many Democrats who are against the plan voted for it to avoid Obama's wrath.


@david_saint01 I think it's pretty much a done deal with some posturing to make it look like we have some sort of functioning democracy going on.  IOW, totally unconcerned about GOP obstructionists.  McLAME is blustering on and on about their American Dream with absolutely no concern for the dreams of current hostages and also no concern about the many Atlas's Shrugging their way to Galt's Gulch.  


@david_saint01 so it sounds like you have obviously read the 1000 page bill with 150 ammendments in order to create a fair opinion like that.

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