The bill as it stands won't pass the House. Needs some fine tuning - much too long and filled with hodgepodge. Most Republicans want to see something passed. But we'll see who the real obstructionists are and who is and who is not willing to compromise when the time comes.Fear grips Republicans
The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32, with 14 of the Senate's 46 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents in support of the bill.
But any air of celebration was tempered by House Speaker John Boehner, who hours before the vote emphasized that Republicans would "do our own bill," one that "reflects the will of our majority," many of whom oppose citizenship for immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
Any bill in the Republican-controlled House is expected to focus heavily on border security and finding immigrants who have overstayed their visas.
"Immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security," Boehner said.
Republican divisions over immigration were evident throughout the U.S. Capitol.
While Boehner was putting the brakes on the Senate bill, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, delivered a passionate speech urging passage of the measure that he helped write.
Some of us want the immigration bill to be over and done with so Republicans can focus on real tax reform. Now's the time if ever there was a time.