Lawmakers See Breakthrough With Senate Immigration Bill

The first major compromise on the immigration bill currently being debated by the Senate has been reached.

Fox News Latino reports that the tentative agreement would stiffen the bill's border security requirements without delaying legalization for those living in the country unlawfully.

Under this compromise, the government would grant legal status to immigrants living unlawfully in the U.S. at the same time the additional security is being put into place. Green cards would be withheld until security steps are complete.

What is being called the "border surge" would double the size of the Border Patrol with 20,000 new agents, construct hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the border with Mexico and purchase new surveillance drones to track would-be illegal border crossers.

"This is not about anti-immigrants or anything or trying to be tough on anybody. Every sovereign country in the world has the right to protect its borders and who has access to the country. Every country in the world does that. Why would we be expected not to do that?” Sen. Marco Rubio said on Wednesday.

As of now, it remains unclear what other parts of the legislation might be changed.