Senate Passes Massive Immigration Overhaul

The Senate has officially approved the largest overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation. With bipartisan support, the bill will be sent to the Republican-controlled House. The vote was 68 to 32, with 14 Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

The bill was drawn up by the “Gang of Eight,” comprised of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Ariz), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

If approved as is,  the bill will provide a 13-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. Plus, border security provisions will become much more stringent prior to immigrants gaining legal status.

Conservative members of the House largely oppose the bill, which could push the immigration battle well into 2014.