Senate Passes Historic Immigration Bill
Bill succeeds 68 to 32
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
Updated Jun 27, 2013 3:36 PM CDT
In this photo taken Jan. 2, 2013, a reflection of the US Capitol is seen inside the Cannon House Office Building.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Senate passed a historic immigration bill today by a vote of 68 to 32, with every Democrat and 14 Republicans voting in favor, the Washington Post reports. Joe Biden presided over the vote to note its significance, and Marco Rubio gave a stirring final argument in favor for the bill ahead of the vote, discussing his own parents' journey to the US. "We focus so much on how immigrants can change America that we forget America has always changed immigrants even more," he said, according to CBS News.

Fellow Gang of Eight member John McCain joked that he knew the bill would pass, "because I was sure I was going to get out of prison one day." But the bill isn't exactly sailing toward President Obama's desk; first it has to clear the Republican-controlled House, where its central provision, the path to citizenship, faces stiff opposition, the AP reports.

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Nov 10, 2013 9:48 AM CST
Democratic voter base increases by 20 million.
Jul 1, 2013 2:32 AM CDT
Listen to yourselves, the first thing that comes to mind is "Kick them out" "They don't belong here!" Now isn't that what was happening when the Italian immigrants were flooding the ports of New York? Think about it most of us are 3rd Gen Americans born from "illegal" immigrant grandparents. You wouldn't be here if the US decided to turn its back on them, why would we do it now? Were spending more money and time on the middle east and you all dont even want to give a small percentage of the population here a chance? I would have thought history would teach us something by now, but I guess mos of you forgot where you all originated from.
Jun 28, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
Now, lets see Biden freak out as Boehner shelves this bill@!!! I hope the House does nothing, no votes, no path to citizenship for Obama supporters!! Illegal is Illegal, Crime is crime Shelve it until after the midterms, piss Obama off royally!!