(CNSNews.com) - The Senate voted 68-32 on Thursday afternoon for an immigration bill that would legalize illegal aliens and eventually put them on a path to U.S. citizenship.
Fourteen Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), joined with every Senate Democrat to vote in favor of legalizing illegal aliens.
In addition to Rubio, the Republicans voting for legalization included Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Me.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
The bill gives Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano the power to grant legal residency status to illegal aliens in the United States after she has presented--but not executed--a plan for securing the border.
The bill expressly states that these illegal aliens can have up to two convictions for driving under the influence before enactment of the bill and still be legalized. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which drafted the bill, turned down an amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley that would have required illegal aliens to simply reveal to the Department of Homeland Security the Social Security Numbers they falsely used while illegally in the United States.
According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration it is a felony to falsely use a Social Security Number.
In an Oct. 24, 2010 nationally televised debate, while he was running for the Senate, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio said that giving illegal aliens an "earned path to citizenship" was "code for amnesty."
"First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It's what they call it," said Rubio. "And the reality of it is this: This has to do with the bottom line that America cannot be the only country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so."
"If you do that, you will never have a legal immigration system that works," said candidate Rubio. "No one is going to follow the law if there is an easier way to do it."