After weeks of battle, concession and recrimination, the U.S. Senate last week passed a sweeping immigration reform bill. The 68-32 vote offered a glimmer of bipartisanship and a major advance in the push for a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the country today.
Despite this unquestionable victory, the bill’s prospects are doubtful. In the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner has said he will not bring the bill up for a vote unless a majority of House Republicans support it, which does not seem to be the case. This may be mere saber-rattling, but for now there is little reason to think that the Senate’s immigration bill will be taken up on the House floor.
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