After years of polarizing debate and disagreement, the U.S. Senate passed the first “comprehensive” immigration reform bill in decades. The bill received bipartisan support, with 14 Republicans joining Senate Democrats and Independents in a 68-32 vote. But the bill’s provision for ramping up border security – and the reason it got conservative support – angered many residents along the border who are tired of militarization in their communities.
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Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s failed attempt to block the legislation, senators voted 82-15 to debate the bill, which would provide an eventual and conditional pathway to citizenship for the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. Texas’ other Senator John Cornyn voted to move the bill forward but then offered an amendment, which two bill negotiators referred to as a “poison pill.”