Senate Takes Big Step Toward Immigration Reform
Bipartisan proposal for $46B border security moves forward
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 6:55 PM CDT
Republican Senator James Inhofe speaks with Democratic Senator Bill Nelson outside the chamber after the immigration bill got more than 60 needed votes to advance in the Senate.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Senate cleared a key hurdle in the path toward immigration reform today, approving the advancement of an amendment that would devote an estimated $46 billion to strengthening US-Mexico border security with a vote of 67 to 27, reports Reuters. The amendment still has to be approved later this week (and is likely to be, says Reuters), but the vote bodes well for supporters of the immigration bill.

The new amendment, hashed out by senators last week, would see the government add another 700 miles of border fence and employ 20,000 more law enforcement agents over 10 years. The plan is intended to allay the fears of Republicans concerned that once the immigration reform bill allows millions of undocumented immigrants a "path" to citizenship, the border will be overrun. With 15 Republicans voting with the Democrats today, it seems to have worked." We have tried to come up with something that is bipartisan so that it can move in the House," says Republican John Hoevan. "Hopefully it (the amendment) will encourage them to move forward."

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Jun 25, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
I thought maybe they all agreed to get rid of their maids and landscapers.
Jun 25, 2013 10:14 AM CDT
Congress has it bedroom eye on and they are about to screw each and every one of us citizens. Were you aware that there are subsidies for cars for illegals in this bills. Why don't we just write each and everyone of them a 1 million dollar check right now and be done with it because that's less than they are going to bleed from the system over their lifespan.
Jun 25, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
So what, the House will never let this asinine law pass until all of the unemployed Americans are back to work filling the jobs they lost because of the crooked big banks and crooked wall street, which by the way, our corrupt congress has done nothing about as far as prosecuting these world class crooks who caused the meltdown of '08. And this horse s#^t figure of 12 million illegals in this country. (funny how that same figure has not changed in the past 40 years, it is still 12 million, ha my butt, it is more like 30-40 million illegals in this country). There will not be any free given un earned paths to citizenship as long as the GOP party is around.