A series of test votes in the Senate demonstrate that immigration reform is on the verge of being approved, which will mark a historic movement of the legislation that will provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are living in the country illegally. Two additional procedural tests are slated to take place June 27, according to The Associated Press. Immigration reform success in the Senate marks a historical milestone for the first time since 1986.
On June 26, supporters cast 67 votes or more to pass the bill through the Senate and the bipartisan support shows promise that minds can be changed in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, in the last three years many House conservatives have shown that public support and political pressure are no match to their efforts for self-preservation.
“We’re on the edge of passing one of the most significant pieces of legislation that this body has passed in a very long time,” Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor June 26. “The vast majority of members in this body realize that the immigration system is broken and needs fixing.”
However, the bill may meet tension in the House, where there are fewer supporters of the overhaul. Members in the House are in the middle of establishing a piece-by-piece legislation that would address each issue separately. Critics insist that the bill is lacking in essential promises to improve the overall immigration system. The House is planning a conference for July 10 to plot out a counter plan to bring to the table.
The bill, if stopped in the House, could prove to be detrimental to the conservative party, as the Hispanic vote played a large role in the re-election of President Barack Obama. With a lot at stake, immigration reform is bound to run into more hurdles.