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Senate immigration bill passes 68-32



Washington – The Senate on Thursday approved the most sweeping changes to immigration law in nearly three decades, offering up to 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship while spending tens of billions on a massive security buildup along the southern border with Mexico.

The vote was 68-32, with Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in the majority.

Nelson: “Our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. So today the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that’s focused on bolstering border security while giving undocumented workers a shot at citizenship - provided they learn English, pay taxes, have no criminal record and go to the end of the line to apply.  I believe this is a balanced, bipartisan and common-sense step in the right direction.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:45pm]


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