Senate on verge of historic immigration vote

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By DAVID ESPO and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on the cusp of approving historic immigration legislation spending billions to secure the border and offering citizenship to millions now here illegally.

The vote on final passage is expected as early as Thursday afternoon.

Test votes so far this week have demonstrated that supporters command a bipartisan majority well over the 60 votes needed to secure passage and send the bill to the House.

The outlook there is much less certain for the White House-backed legislation that would enact the most sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws in decades.

Many in the GOP-controlled House oppose the pathway to citizenship at the center of the Senate bill. And many prefer a piecemeal approach rather than a sweeping bill like the one the Senate is producing.

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