Senate passes immigration overhaul bill

With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America’s shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico. The bipartisan vote was 68-32 on a measure that sits atop President Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda. But the bill’s prospects are highly uncertain in the Republican-controlled House, where party leaders are jockeying for position in advance of expected action next month. Spectators in galleries that overlook the Senate floor watched expectantly as senators voted one by one
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Right wing hopes use of economy will defeat immigration bill

As a bipartisan Senate group worked over the past few months to assemble broad legislation to overhaul the immigration system, conservative critics of the effort kept a fairly low profile. That’s about to change. Critics of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill are gearing up for a intense fight to defeat the bill and they plan to put the economy at the center of their strategy. The debate on Capitol Hill over the bill will kick off Friday with a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Conservatives held back until details of the legislation emerged and now intend to
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Bipartisan immigration deal almost ready

A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share an immigration overhaul crafted over several months. The Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation on Tuesday. Even before the measure gets its first public airing, its authors are defending the program for the 11 million individuals in this country who came illegally or overstayed their visit. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says the proposal will be a starting point and wants to include colleagues’ ideas. Already the effort has its critics. For instance, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of
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