By a vote of 68-32, on June 27, 2013, the Senate passed the massive comprehensive immigration reform bill S.744, amended just last week to include beefed up border security and enforcement provisions, which brought total of 14 Republicans on board in addition to all Democrats. The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Republican controlled House. Representatives in the House want to introduce their own immigration legislation, and many outspoken critics of the Senate bill want to see immigration reform taken up in stages, with enforcement being the sole first step. The House will begin consideration of immigration-related legislation after the July 4th break.
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