In a landmark vote the United State Senate overwhelmingly adopted a sweeping immigration reform bill, S. 744. The measure passed 68-32 with 14 Republicans joining to approve the measure.

Some of the most important provisions in the bill would tighten boarder security, provide a potential pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants, significantly change our future legal immigration system, and provide new visa options. If it becomes law it will be the most significant immigration measure in several decades.

Senators hope that the strong bipartisan support for their bill will put pressure on the House to approve similar legislation, but getting anything out of the Republican-controlled House is going  be dramatically more difficult.

Today, Speaker Boehner equivocally said he will not allow any immigration bill to pass the House unless it has the support of a majority of House Republicans. So far the House Republicans caucus remains mostly apprehensive about the issue. The Senate has just finished work on their immigration bill, but in the House an all-encompassing immigration bill has yet to even be introduced in committee.

While this Senate vote is an important step forward, the fate of immigration reform ultimate rests with the Republicans in the House. The big question remains: do House Republicans actually want any form of immigration reform to pass? So far, the answer to the question remains unclear.

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