The Senate voted 68-to-32 to pass the long-debated immigration bill on June 27, with 14 Republicans joining 52 Democrats and two independents. The extraordinary protocol for the vote highlighted its importance, with Vice President Biden presiding and the senators voting from their desks.
In 2011 the IRS paid out tens of millions of dollars in federal refunds to thousands of illegal immigrant workers who claimed single addresses around the nation.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched a national petition on June 20 to oppose the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. His e-mail to supporters read: "This is urgent. We must stop this Gang of 8 immigration bill, which would give amnesty to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants with no guarantee of a secure border."
Senatorial votes on amendments to the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill and Republican rhetoric continue to convince conservatives that the bill is just amnesty by another name and that it will not slow illegal immigration.
Preventing voter fraud is the aim of an amendment to the immigration bill offered Monday by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).