ABC News is reporting that the Senate “Gang of Eight” has come to an agreement that stronger border security measures will be added to the Immigration Reform bill. These measures are to include doubling border agents and completion of the 700 mile border fence.
We have reported here that Democrats did not want to have border security as part of the Bill, especially if the fence had to be partially completed before amnesty allowed. The border fence was already approved by Congress seven years ago but has not been aggressively built.
President Obama claimed that the Border Fence was “basically complete” We love Obama’s deceptive language skills. Basic in this case is 5%.
ABC News has confirmed that the Senate “Gang of Eight” and other members have reached an agreement to strengthen border security provisions in their bill that they hope will deliver the 70 crucial votes needed for the measure.
According to a high-ranking Senate aide, a formal announcement is expected to be introduced on the Senate floor this morning, but no immediate vote is expected. As of now, no news conference on the deal is scheduled either.
A second Capitol Hill source tells ABC News the agreement will include a major border build up, with a key change being a nearly doubling of border agents, completion of 700 miles of fence, and a specific plan for border security, which must all be fully implemented before green cards are available to undocumented immigrants.
Attaching the amendment could bring the larger piece of legislation closer to the goal of 70 votes that some members of the Gang of Eight have envisioned.
The gang includes, four Republicans: Marco Rubio (Fla.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), and four Democrats: Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), and Dick Durbin (Ill.).
Via – ABC News.