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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  • Magic Mike

    Whoever Shelly Moore Capito is running against I am voting for her.

  • 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.

  • AX MAN

    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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  • RogerD

    What this article fails to mention is that by voting to support this bill, Joe and Jay also voted to provide an incentive to employers to hire newly amnestied immigrants over citizens and legal immigrants. Under Obamacare, employers can be fined as much a $3,000 for each employee that is not insured to government standards. By hiring the probationary immigrants, this fine is not imposed. Once again, we need to "thank" Joe and Jay for looking out for the citizens of the state.

  • Hop'sHip

    Oh yes. The entire country needs to adopt the xenophobic attitude of West Virginia. It is what that has allowed the state to prosper.

    • Scott

      Know Hip we need to adopt California's attitude their state seems to be booming.hahaha!

  • Harpers Ferry

    You get what you vote for WV. Great job!

    • SadforWV

      Couldn't agree more Harpers Ferry. Could not agree more.

  • Bill

    Beats me how this should be called an historic piece of legislation! When is not enforcing laws are ready on the books, letting illegals enter the country by the millions and then giving them the right to become citizens great legislation? All the senators that voted for this should be removed from office. Hopefully the House of Representatives will stop this bill from ever becoming law. I am yet to see how letting millions of illegals enter the country over a period of thirty years, then changing the laws to make them legal can be called an immigration policy. It won't happen in my lifetime but thirty years from now it will be happening all over again, the only difference will be it will be a different bunch of morons calling themselves Senators doing the passing of a "historic piece of legislation".

  • 2XLPatriot

    The melting pot is full and the stew has gone bad!

  • me

    Oh Joe and rock. You so disappoint west Virginia voters. I hope these same people remember next election.

  • CaptainQ

    So Jay and MoJo carry the water for the Obama Administration, AGAIN! Surprise surprise!

    Gee, how does it make sense to instantly grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who are taking jobs away from Americans who need them? Only one answer to that question: POLITICS! The Democrats have to recruit new voters somehow, right? After all, not every state can be like West Virginia and have dead people who 'vote' on their registration rolls or votes bought by 'doller and a swaller' like tatics. Now the Dems COULD still adapt the infamous 'Lincoln County Voter System' for exploiting absentee balloting. Democrats in other states could (and probably have already) implimented this system without getting caught.

    Anything that happens in Congress generally has a political motive behind it. Immigration reform is no different. If the GOP thinks that backing this bill will win them Latino voters in the future, think again. The Main Stream Media will make sure that Obama and the Democrats get 100% of the credit for this, regardless of how many Republicans in Congress vote for it. The MSM will ALWAYS back/cover up for the Dems and do everything they can (even lie) to slam the GOP in public circles. It's Obama's faithful allies in the MSM that helped him get elected in both 2008 and 2012.

    Bottom line, we always knew that Jay was a diehard disciple of Obama and it didn't take long for all West Virginians to see that Joe Manchin also follows our President blindly. This vote on the Senate floor is further proof of this.

    • bulldog95

      Any votes that the GOP might get from the Latino community will be lost from non-Latino voters. A gain of 1000 but lose 2000 from non Latinos, a net loss of 1000. Good job.