USA Today: A bill that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to become citizens and allocate billions of dollars for securing the border with Mexico passed the U.S. Senate Thursday.
After years of failed attempts, 14 Republicans joined all Democrats in the Senate to pass the bill on a 68-32 vote. The bill, drafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight, would represent the biggest change in immigration laws since 1986.
Although Republican leaders in the House of Representatives said they will not the bring the bill up for a vote in that chamber, Thursday's vote represents a historic step forward for President Obama on one of the most important planks of his second-term agenda. Vice President Biden accentuated the milestone by making a rare appearance in the Senate to preside over the vote as senators voted from their desks - a symbolic gesture made during key votes.