Breaking: Senate passes immigration bill

They’re still voting, but Fox just broke in to say that there are already 51 yeses.

I’ll have the roll as soon as it’s up.

Update: 62-36. Lincoln Chafee, appropriately, was presiding at the time.


Update: How perfectly symbolic that they’d pass this bill on a day when Vicente Fox is in the United States. He’s set to address the California legislature at 4:30 PST and then head off to a state dinner being given in his honor by Schwarzenegger. At least one state assemblyman won’t be attending either function. Meanwhile, Expose the Left has audio of Rush Limbaugh raking Tony Snow over the coals this afternoon on immigration.

Update: Congrats to Senator McCain for managing to pack so much canned platitudinal nonsense into so few words:

“Why not say to those undocumented workers who are working the jobs that the rest of us refuse, come out from the shadows,” said Arizona Republican John McCain, a key architect of the bill.

Update: NPR compares the House and Senate bills.

Update: Here’s the roll via the Senate website.


Update: The first leak in the dam:

A number of Senate Republicans, including Mr. McCain, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said that they were reaching out to their House colleagues and that some seemed interested in finding common ground. The leader of the conservative caucus in the House, Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, proposed a bill on Tuesday that would allow illegal immigrants to become guest workers, though they would not be allowed to become permanent residents or citizens.


Update: Pence redeems himself a bit with this line: “I agree with the president that a rational middle ground can be found between amnesty and mass deportation, but I disagree with the president that amnesty is the middle ground.”

Update: The final indignity: a last-minute amendment requires that the U.S. consult with Mexico before building a fence. Michelle has details.

Update: Captain Ed says: Calm. Down.

Update: Our affiliate, Bryan of Sanctuary, imagines the new fence-building protocol:


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