Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won a key vote in the US Senate on Thursday to pass a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants living in the United States to seek work permits.
The measure passed the chamber with a vote of 67-39.
The vote, which also passed the House, will set up a potential showdown in the upcoming House vote.
It is expected to pass the House and the Senate in the coming days.
But if the Senate fails to approve the measure, it will face a long road to becoming law in the House.
The amendment that Sanders, D-Vermont, voted for, would make it easier for immigrants who have lived in the country for five years or more to get a work permit.
It would also allow people who have been living in America illegally for five or more years to get an “emergency waiver” to get work permits, the measure’s sponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) told the Associated Press.
“There are thousands of undocumented immigrants who need a work visa.
We’re going to give them a waiver.
And we’re going do this right,” he said.
The senator also said he is “extremely optimistic” that the measure will pass the Senate and that it will make a difference in how undocumented immigrants are treated in the nation’s labor markets.
Manchin has been one of the few senators to support the bill, but his support is in question after it was blocked by Republicans in the Republican-controlled Senate in April.
Manin also said that if the bill passes the Senate, he will work to get President Donald Trump to sign it into law.
“I think this is a major accomplishment for the immigration reform movement, and I believe it will lead to greater acceptance of undocumented immigration in this country,” Manchin said.
In a statement, Sanders said that “the American people are deeply concerned by the continuing surge of undocumented workers and by the fact that the American people do not trust that those who are here legally are doing the right thing.”
The bill also expands the current program that allows undocumented immigrants to work in the U.S. economy.
It provides a temporary “emerging technology” visa for anyone who has been in the workforce for five consecutive years, including those who have not yet received a green card or green card renewal.
The program was expanded under the Obama administration to allow for people to come to the United State on temporary visas, but that program is being eliminated by the Trump administration.
The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday, though it did not go through the House because it was not signed into law by Trump.
The House passed the bill by a vote near 1:30 p.m.
The Senate passed it by a voice vote.
The Trump administration is still working on a bill to expand the program.
“The House and Senate have passed the largest expansion of immigrant visas in U.A.E. history,” said Steve Linke, a spokesman for the White House.
“Our plan is to sign the bill and work with Congress to finalize legislation before the end of the year.
The administration is working closely with Congress, including the Administration’s Department of Homeland Security, to finalise this legislation.”
Manchin, who said that he is voting for the measure because it will help people who “deserve a chance to succeed,” said he was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
“It’s good news for undocumented immigrants,” he told reporters.
“They deserve to get the jobs they deserve.
They deserve to have their dreams realized.”