Senate passes historic immigration bill by a big margin; outcome in House is highly uncertain

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 27, 2013 - 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON — 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.

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EleanoreJun. 27, 1311:05 AM

Another pro amnesty vote would be another crime against the constitution and their oath of office. Minnesota’s senators’ votes will be recorded and they need to be held responsible for their votes. Ether they support the constitution, or they are insurrectionists. A vote for insurrection must be met with federal criminal charges or our rule of law will be in default.

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avejoeconJun. 27, 13 3:05 PM

There are record number of people on welfare. Unemployment is at 7.6% and has not been below 7.5% since this president was elected. So, what does this country need, according to the liberals, we need tens of Millions MORE unskilled labor brought into this country to increase welfare and unemployment rolls even more! How can anyone with any sense think this is about anything but VOTES! Votes before country!

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EleanoreJun. 27, 13 3:25 PM

Amnesty and weakening our nation is not an admirable effort elected officials. Start again please.

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theagonybhoJun. 27, 13 3:37 PM

This bill better be DOA in the house.

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flatstanleyJun. 27, 13 3:46 PM

Eleanore, could you please explain why exactly this piece of legislation is "unconstitutional"? If you could please cite which specific section of the constitution this bill is violating, it would be greatly appreciated. It's unfortunate but so many conservatives just bleat out that something is unconstitutional simply because they don't like it rather than have any basis for making that claim. So in order to better educate myself, if you could please clarify why this is unconstitutional. thank you

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flatstanleyJun. 27, 13 3:53 PM

I would also state that I am confused as to why Conservatives are against this bill. It would reduce the deficit by billions over the next two decades and would actually cut the deficit more than any plan proposed by Paul Ryan. So if republicans want to make the claim that they are fiscal conservatives and state that it's imperative to cut the deficit, then why are you arguing against a piece of legislation that would cut several hundreds of billion dollars over the next 20 years?

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LicoriceJun. 27, 13 3:54 PM

Also, could some of you who are calling this "amnesty" please explain your rationale? It seems to me that under this bill there are significant hoops to jump through and time and money costs involved before citizenship can be achieved. I contrast this with people who make it to the U.S. shore from Cuba and have no such requirements to fulfill.

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kinghiberniaJun. 27, 13 4:02 PM

Wow, the Senate has done it again!!! Just like they did with the ACA, AKA "ObamaCare", they passed a bill without reading it. I read all 844 pages plus the 114 amendments!! Any individual that read these documents could not vote for it!!! Adds to the current 7.5% unemployment rate. Rewards law-breakers!!! Even offers amnesty to convicted felons, including drug dealers and rapists!!! And, the actual number is 33 million, not 11 million!!! It will cost the US Taxpayer 13 trillion over the next ten years!!! A message to Amy and Al, we shall not forget!!!

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genericloginJun. 27, 13 4:08 PM

Not sure how I feel about this bill but I can say that I am glad we are going to do something other than continuing to look the other way while 10,000,000 illegal immigrants hold American jobs. Either give em the boot or make them American citizens who have a vested interest in this country and pay the taxes they are supposed to. I have to say that I am impressed by the Mexican immigrants. For the most part they are hard working, family oriented people, who are willing to do the tough labor jobs. They have acclimated very well in short order. I believe they are one of, if not the fastest growing real estate purchasing population in many parts of the US. IMHO there is a sharp contrast between the productivity of Mexican immigrants and those who have arrived via immigration avenues such as political asylum.

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kleindropperJun. 27, 13 4:14 PM

Just another step on our path to third world status and one-party banana republic rule. We are probably one generation away from being a Venezuela and /or witnessing the disintegration of the union. Buy more ammo when you can.

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