The Washington Times - June 25, 2013, 07:36AM

Sen. John McCain is brushing off critics arguing a border security plan that advanced in the Senate Monday was not sufficient, arguing that “we’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

“Are we going to let a de facto amnesty of 11 million people living in the shadows in this country, or are we going to see a path forward?” the Arizona Republican said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.” “And that path forward is clearly one that gives people a legal status and a long, tough, hard road to citizenship. I mean, 10, 13 years … pay fines, pay back taxes, learn English, get in line behind everyone else.”

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Senators voted Monday to add 20,000 more Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border and require a total of 700 miles of fencing within a decade, clearing the way for the broad immigration bill to pass the chamber this week, but some, like Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said it wouldn’t provide “real” border security.


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Mr. McCain, one of the “Gang of Eight” senators who have spent months hashing out immigration legislation, disagreed.


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“It is a way forward — a tough way forward — so that we can resolve this and bring 11 million people out of the shadows,” he said.


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