Senate immigration bill boosted by border deal - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Senate immigration bill boosted by border deal

Posted:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration legislation offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions is gaining ground in the Senate following agreement between Republicans and Democrats on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.

The costly deal to double Border Patrol agents and fencing along the Southwest border won support from four undecided Republican senators Thursday for an immigration bill that's a top priority for President Barack Obama. More Republicans appeared likely to come on board, putting the legislation within reach of the strong bipartisan vote that its authors say is needed to ensure serious consideration by the GOP-controlled House.

Republican Sen. John McCain says the deal should satisfy those Republicans concerned that the border security provisions in the bill were too weak.

The Senate continues work on the bill Friday.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WREX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Trista Truesdale at (815) 335-7856. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.