June 24, 2013
A bipartisan ammendment to the proposed Senate Immigration Reform Bill designed to strengthen border security passed in the Senate today by a vote of 67-to-27. The vote was considered a test for overall support of the Immigration Bill. The border security amendment includes addition of 20,000 more border agents, completion of 700 miles of fence along the U.S./Mexico border, and $3.2 billion in funding for other technology measures to enforce the border.
Inclusion of these security measures in the bill gains support from more members of the Senate making passage of the Senate Immigration Reform Bill more likely.
Senate leaders plan a final vote on the reform bill before Congress recesses at the end of this week for the Fourth of July holiday.
If enacted, the Immigration Reform Bill may create a path to permanent residency and citizenship for approximatley 11 million undocumented immigrants. A permanent pathway to citizenship and border security are the critical issues as the bill advances to the House of Representatives in whether the bill will become law.