Senate Passes Historic Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013)—The U.S. Senate passed historic immigration legislation Thursday that offers the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.

The vote was 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House where prospects are not nearly as good because many conservatives are opposed to the bill.

Vice President Joe Biden presided, and senators cast their votes from their desks, both steps reserved for momentous votes.

The bill, a priority for President Barack Obama, would amount to the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation's immigration laws.

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