WASHINGTON, DC -- The US senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill with bipartisan support.
The bill beefs up border control, by doubling the border patrol and adding more detection gear. It also cracks down on employers, requiring better ID checks of new workers
Senators did cast their votes the old fashioned way, but with bi-partisanship seldom seen. Democrats and 30% of republicans voted together.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin reaffirmed how impressive the collaboration was.
"For those of us that believe in this government, believe in this democracy, believe in this government," Durbin said. "We reaffirmed today what this senate can be."
"So before America gives up on congress, look at what we achieved today in a bipartisan fashion. Now we call upon our friends in congress. Meet the same challenge."
Leaders of the republican-led house of representatives, say they won't vote on the senate-passed bill. They vow to craft their own legislation, and plan to negotiate a compromise to the two plans later.