WASHINGTON, D.C. — A historic piece of legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday meant to address immigration in the United States.

By a bipartisan vote of 68-32, Senators passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Both West Virginia Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin did their part to move the piece of legislation on by approving the measure.

After successfully pushing for the Senates approval on an amendment to significantly strengthen border security, Senator Manchin called the legislation a step in the right direction.

“It is encouraging, and truly, a breath of fresh air that Congress approached immigration reform in a bipartisan manner led by Senators from border states that deal with this issue every day,” Manchin said in a new release. “After careful consideration, I believe that this legislation is a step forward to finally reforming our broken immigration system and effectively securing our borders.”

The measure secures the country’s borders, creates a thirteen year legalization process that is tough and fair, guarantees American workers are hired before immigrants, and establishes a legal process that is legitimate and sustainable.

In his own statement released after the vote, Senator Rockefeller stated he was happy to see the Senate come together and pass a bipartisan piece of legislation.

“This legislation is by no means perfect, but it goes a long way toward modernizing our broken immigration system and strikes a balance between tough but fair reforms,” said Rockefeller in the news release. “I’ve long maintained that we needed to find a better way to address the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States, and I’m confident in the approach this bill takes.”

This bill will require, among other things, 700 miles of fencing and an additional 20,000 border patrol agents along the Southern Border. The bill also requires all employers to use an employment verification system (or E-Verify) within 5 years to ensure undocumented workers are not hired.

On top of that, additional technology, including towers, ground sensors and drones, will be installed at the borders to ensure there is complete surveillance.

The bill next goes to the House, where its future is uncertain.

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  • AX MAN

    If this immigration law becomes law, most of the restrictions in it for the illegal's will be struck down by the Supreme Court, the court will never allow, that we can E verify one type of people, nor can we prevent any program such as welfare, S.S., Medicare or Medicaid for one group of people, they have already ruled that we have to offer medical care for illegal's because they are in within our borders, therefore ruling, everyone must be treated the same, therefore you will see a huge change in the country , and probably will become a third world country, because no country can absorb thirty million people without causing havoc with their systems, were is the money going to come from, the rich doesn't have enough money to cover this disaster, so they will become poor or leave the USA.

  • AX MAN

    Joe and Rock-A-Failure don't vote for the good people of West Virginia, they vote for the "O" and the Dem. Party, they could care less about the people of W.Va.

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    The GOP better wake up, if they go head with the immigration bill as approved, they will lose most of their base, their base will be starting a third party and the GOP will be gone by the election of 2020.

  • wvtd

    wv gets exactly what it deserves after electing these 2 far left radical liberals and my guess is that joey has a job for life because "he knows your needs".

  • Wowbagger

    Here's the real headline:

    Both of West Virginia's Senators Vote to Create Incentive for Employers to Hire Amnestied Immigrants Over West Virginia Residents Who are also U.S. Citizens!


    This bill is not about downtrodden illegal hispanics. It is about big money businesses in the West Coast tech industry and others attempting to lower the wages of present and future US Citizen workers. It disgusts me that our Senators apparently didn't bother to read the bill or, at least have a staffer read it for them and produce accurate summary notes, but then they had already been told how to vote by Barry Obama and Harry Reid.

  • Debra

    Look, immigration reform is necessary. These 11 million are in the shadows now which means we have no idea who's here. There is mo way to round them up and send them back, and once they register they will be paying payroll taxes. Secondly, you corporate mostly republican employers entice these people to work for them for low wages or cash under the table. This will make it more difficult to hire undocumented workers. And lastly, the Republican Party will lose national elections for years to come if they don't pass immigration reform. 50 thousand legal Latinos turn 18 every month in this country. Just as WV is a dying state in birth to death stats, so too is the White race. Within 30 years, whites will be the minority. As I have repeatedly stated on my FB page, I hope in the future when we become the minority that we are treated better than we are currently treating them. Remember the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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