Monday evening the Senate took a big step forward in the push to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Enough senators have come to endorse a proposal that will increase the amount of security currently at United States' borders.
The New York Times reports that this proposal will substantially bolster security along the nation’s southern borders as part of a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country. The 67 to 27 vote prevented any filibuster of the plan to devote billions over the next decade to border enforcement measures, including nearly doubling the number of border agents to 40,000 and completing 700 miles of fencing.
This solid bipartisan support suggests that advocates of the overhaul have the votes needed to clear any remaining hurdles and pass the legislation. Senators and aides say that Monday's vote offers a preliminary glimpse to how many senators would likely vote for the bill's final passage.