Immigration reform bill clears first hurdle

The Senate has voted to begin debate on a major immigration bill. USAToday reports:

The Senate overcame a critical hurdle on Tuesday toward advancing the first immigration overhaul in a generation that would affect the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants, all U.S. employers and future legal immigrants.

A procedural vote to begin formal debate on the bill was approved 82-15 on a bipartisan vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both voted to advance the bill despite lingering resistance from some elements of both parties.

The Episcopal Church has been active in support of reform.

Bishop Curry of North Carolina talks with immigration specialist Chris Liu-Beers from the North Carolina Council of Churches:

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