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Border fence is in the eye of the beholder
“The Republican Border Surge Plan is based on ideas border patrol agents and others know to be effective and that conservatives have been pursuing for many years,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and one of the authors of the original bipartisan bill, who’d said he wanted to strengthen the security aspects.
The new deal was struck by Mr. Hoeven and Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, who were looking for a way to strengthen the border security provisions so they could vote for the legislation, which would grant legal status to 7.7 million illegal immigrants.
Nine other Republicans and four Democrats signed onto the border security plan, saying it would help earn their vote.
Whether the plan will be successful has been hotly debated over the last couple of days, with some immigrant-rights groups demanding the Senate reject the amendment as extreme and unnecessary.
Senators are being asked to vote on a subject that, to many of them, is unfamiliar.
A Washington Times survey of senators earlier this year found that only about a third have been to the southwest border to study security during their time in office. Neither Mr. Hoeven nor Mr. Corker had been, nor had most of the other senators who have signed on as co-sponsors of the new amendment.
The Senate will vote on the deal Monday evening and, if it passes, it should clear the way for a final vote later this week on the full bill.
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