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Senate Immigration Bill Passes

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A group of young immigration reform supporters celebrates the passage of the Senate's immigration reform bill on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Senate voted 68-32 on a bill that would tighten border security while allowing a path to legal status and eventual citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Immigration advocates lay plans to sway House - New York Times Now that the Senate has approved a comprehensive immigration bill by 68-32, its supporters "say House Republicans will soon discover a crucial difference this year from failed immigration efforts of the past. They say their coalition is broader and far more energized and committed than in 2007, when an immigration overhaul by President George W. Bush did not even reach a vote in the Senate."

Does immigration reform stand a chance? - NBC News Passage of the Senate's immigration reform bill doesn't guarantee any similar measure will pass in the House, where GOP leadership has made its opposition to the Senate plan clear. Hours after the landmark vote, Republican House Speaker John Boehner stated again that the House "is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes."

21 senators voted on immigration reform in 1986 and 2013. Eight of them flip-flopped. - Washington Post From the story:  "Twenty-one currently sitting senators voted on the 1986 immigration reform bill, the last comprehensive bill signed into law to include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Nine of them were already in the Senate, while 12 were in the House." Thirteen of them voted the same way now as then, but eight did not.

For gay immigrants, marriage ruling brings relief and a path to a green card - New York Times More on how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week on the Defense of Marriage Act paves the way for gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to sponsor an immigrant spouse. One man from New York, Steven Infante, was facing deportation to his native Colombia when the decision came in; the immigration judge handling his case halted the deportation. Infante's husband is a U.S. citizen.

Immigrants cautiously hopeful as Senate passes immigration bill - Wall Street Journal The Senate immigration reform package that was approved Thursday still faces an uncertain future in the House. But unauthorized immigrants remain hopeful that if immigration reform passes, they may be able to legalize their status as the bill proposes.

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