The Latest On the Immigration Bill? Senate Votes for Extra Security at U.S. Borders

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“The bill has been improved dramatically tonight by this vote, there’s no question,” said Sen. Bob Corker, who drafted the proposal along with Sen. John Hoeven. “Hopefully there will be other improvements made with other amendments, and my sense is we’re going to pass an immigration bill out of the United States Senate, which will be no doubt historic.”

The Corker-Hoeven amendment helped bring on board more than a dozen Republicans that were reluctant to support any immigration overhaul that did not secure the southern border or guard against a future wave of illegal immigrants.

This amendment will also require a $3.2 billion high-tech border surveillance plan, including drone aircraft and long-range thermal imaging cameras, an electronic employment verification system and a visa entry/exit system at all air and sea ports.

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