Collins Reacts to Senate Passing Immigration Legislation 

The senate passed historic immigration legislation on Thursday. The bill offers the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.The vote was 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the house.The product of bipartisan efforts, the bill combines measures favored by the left and by the right.It provides a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants and allocates billions of dollars to securing the US border with Mexico.The bill now goes to the republican-controlled house, where most conservatives oppose it.The bill, a priority for President Obama, would amount to the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation’s immigration laws.Senator Susan Collins released a statement after the vote, while she was disappointed that some amendments that she was in favor of did not make it into the final bill.She said quote, “On balance, the bill approved in the senate today will help strengthen the security of our borders and provide a fair way to deal with the millions of people here illegally, and it would ensure that people who followed the rules are not treated in the same way with respect to securing citizenship as those who did not follow the law.”