The road to citizenship begins…

The road to citizenship...It has been a long time coming; partisan politics have had their say but, at the end, the Senate is pushing forward on sweeping immigration reform. With a 68-32 vote as the final procedural test — in which 14 members of the Republican party joined 52 Democrats and 2 Independents in a vote of ‘yes’ – more than the 60 votes needed to clear the hurdle to proceed to the next step was achieved.

The historic immigration legislation then went on to the next step. Subsequent to clearing the procedural test, the Senate voted to pass the measure which brings with it the chance for millions of currently undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become citizens of the United States. ”It’s landmark legislation that will secure our borders and help 11 million people get right with the law,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

Not everyone is pleased with the legislation; though the bill includes provisions that are intended to stem the tide of illegal immigration, it also provides a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. After the first procedural hurdle was cleared Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said, ”This bill may pass the Senate today, but not with my vote. And in its current form, it will not become law.” Additionally, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), has made it clear that the House of Representatives will create its own version of the legislation that is geared more towards border security.  This is despite the fact that the current bill provides the resources to complete 700 miles of fencing to be used in conjunction with numerous high-tech devices, and it provides for the deployment of 20,000 new agents to patrol and secure the border between the US and Mexico.

It’s a done deal, despite what the GOP says.

But, unfortunately, this isn’t the end.

 

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