The moment has finally arrived. Today the Senate approved the most significant immigration overhaul - the bill drafted by the "Gang of Eight" to offer undocumented immigrants a ton of opportunity.
The New York Times reports that a strong 68-to-32 vote, with 14 Republicans voting in favor, paved the way for the immigration bill to land in the House. But the bill's Senate passing is only the first step in what could take up to a year to officially happen. With significant opposition from conservative members in the House, the fight could extend into 2014.
According to The New York Times, Vice President Biden presided over the vote as senators announced their positions from their desks, in a ceremonial procedure reserved for special occasions.
The Senate bill will provide a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country and will also toughen border security measures that must be in place before said immigrants will be able to gain legal status.