Where the immigration bill stands as debate begins

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, speaks as immigration reform legislation by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that would create a path for the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship, Thursday, April 18, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Where the immigration bill stands as debate begins

Debate begins this week on a bipartisan Senate proposal to overhaul immigration. Although the bill made it through a key committee fairly smoothly, significant challenges remain in the coming weeks and months.Here's a look at where the bill stands today.5 Republicans support the overhaul.Sen. Kelly Ayotte (AP)On Sunday, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire announced that she supports the bill. Including the four Republicans in the Gang of Eight, that brings the bill up to five Republican backers – …

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