The bill passed in a 68-32 vote Thursday, including 14 Republican "ayes."
Polls suggest that Hispanic voters do support the immigration reform effort, however. A Latino Decisions survey released earlier this month showed 45 percent of Hispanic voters would be more likely to vote for a Republican who takes a leading role in passing immigration reform. Of the Latino voters surveyed, 78 percent said immigration reform was "extremely" or "very" important to them.
In the 2012 election, Hispanic voters broke for President Obama 71 percent to 27 percent, the worst showing for a Republican candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.