WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- In a historic 68 to 32 vote, the U.S. Senate has approved Immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for 11-million undocumented immigrants, but also spends billions to beef up security along the nation’s southern border.
A brief celebration erupted in the Gallery of the Senate after the vote.
WMU Graduate David Mata who is applying to medical schools says he has his papers but he says his family is still at risk of being deported. He says passage of the reform measures in the Senate Bill would provide a way for his relatives to become contributing members of the American experience and give them a chance to reunite with family members they haven't seen in 20 years.
Nancy Hernandez of Sturgis is one of President Obama’s “Dreamers” but her brother was deported last year, and her hope is that reform will allow them to be reunited too.
The Senate bill now heads to the U.S. House where it is already getting a frosty reception from Speaker John Boehner who says they have their own ideas about immigration reform.
14 Republican Senators crossed over to vote with Democrats to pass the bill, but most Senate Republicans voted against it.