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TODAY   |  June 28, 2013

Senate approves immigration reform overhaul

The massive immigration reform bill now moves on to the House, where Republicans have voiced their opposition. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> history on capitol hill as the senate approved a massive immigration overhaul. next, the house and what is likely to be a stuff fight. kelly o'donnell has more. kelly , good morning.

>> reporter: good morning natalie. stuff because house republicans don't believe the plan will stop future waves of illegal immigration and won't really secure the border but for those longing for and fighting for a new path to citizenship, this truly is historic. anticipation had been building for decades.

>> the yays are 68, nays are 32.

>> emotion let loose.

>> the sergeant at arms will restore order in the gallery.

>> undocumented students shouted in support of the senate passing immigration reform . [ cheers ]

>> while others released a new hope.

>> this means a chance for life. a chance to be with my family. a chance to live out of fear of depor ration.

>> reporter: but while they celebrated their hard fought achievement.

>> we have support from one end of this country to the other.

>> reporter: they turned to getting house rebs publicans on board.

>> we ask for your consideration and stand ready to stand with you.

>> speak with your voice. speak in a way you feel comfortable. just don't ignore the issue. that's all i ask.

>> reporter: but conservatives say the senate plan is flawed.

>> it's not tough on those that have broken the law or fair to those that have been trying to come here legally.

>> for the next week members of congress will be back home for the 4th of july recess where they will be able to get firsthand the pressure, whether it's for or against immigration reform from the people they serve, natalie.

>>> all right kelly o'donnell on capitol hill . thanks so much.