Senator Dean Heller (R-NV): “Today’s final immigration vote represents a product of many long hours of debate, discussion, and deliberation. It takes into consideration the necessity of securing America’s borders, while encouraging the lawful immigration of those who want to come to our shores to contribute to America’s greatness.”
“While not perfect, this immigration reform bill is a step in the right direction towards fixing an immigration system that is clearly broken. No question, this has been a contentious debate. While the easy thing to do politically is nothing, the harder choice is to govern. I am pleased that both Democrats and Republicans were able to find ways to work together and pass legislation that this great nation deserves.”
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV): “The bipartisan legislation the Senate is poised to pass today doesn’t just secure our borders or mend our broken legal immigration system. This bill paves the way for people like Astrid and her family – people who are American in all but paperwork – to become full participants in this society.
“It acknowledges the contributions of generations of immigrants – immigrants who founded this country and built it into the superpower it is today, immigrants like my father-in-law, who was born in Russia as Israel Goldfarb.
“And it recognizes that today’s immigrants came for the very same reason as generations before them – to achieve a dream we take for granted, the right to live in the land of the free.”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval: “I congratulate the United States Senate for its vote today to comprehensively reform our country’s immigration system. The Senate’s vote today is a sign of hope for those millions of people across the United States who are counting on us to make sure that the window to opportunity always remains open to everyone. I am confident that Congress can work together to achieve immigration reform that is good for both parties and good for America. I stand ready to work with Nevadans and Americans to secure a better day for our state and our country.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.
The vote was 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House. Prospects there are not nearly as good and many conservatives are opposed.
Vice President Joe Biden presided, and senators cast their votes from their desks, both steps reserved for momentous votes.
The bill, a priority for President Barack Obama, would amount to the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation's immigration laws