Senate Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Proceeding To A Full Vote On Border Security Amendment To Immigration Reform Bill

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On June 24, 2013, the Senate passed by a vote of 67-27 a motion to invoke cloture on the border security amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform package. This paves the path for a full vote on the measure, which is expected to pass by a similar or greater number of “yes” votes.  The amendment presented by Republican Senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven, which addresses the critical issue of border security, would increase the border patrol force to 40,000 from 21,000, require 700 miles of new fencing and implement a new visa entry and exit system at all air and seaports.  The proposed plan would also allocate $3.2 billion to a high-tech border surveillance system.  Senator John McCain (R-Ariz), one of the original drafters of the bill, expressed hope that the new border security amendment could allow the Senate to pass the legislation with at least 70 votes.