The Senate passed its amnesty-laden immigration reform effort on Thursday with the support of a strong majority made up of all Democrats and 14 Republican members of the legislative chamber.
The bill, which passed 68-32, brings nearly 11 million undocumented aliens in the U.S. one step closer to a path to citizenship.
Republicans who voted in favor of the bill were: Senators John McCain (Ariz.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who did not support the Senate bill, said earlier this week that the effort fails to address the root causes of illegal immigration.
“The way I see it is we have to look at what causes illegal immigration. People come here to pick crops, three-hundred to four-hundred thousand people come in every year to pick crops, but only a few of them are using the work visa program,” Paul said. “So, every year, two-, three-, four-hundred thousand illegal immigrants come into this country to pick crops. If you want to have less illegal immigration, you need to expand the work visa program.”
The so-called Gang of Eight bill actually reduces work visas and puts into place no system for holding Congress accountable for ensuring border security.
The bill is not expected to gain traction in the House.