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Dubbed the senate get one step closer to finally passing immigration reform when it cleared the way for lawmakers to vote on a GOP amendment that ramps up border security.
Analysts say this -- measure could get more Republicans on board for the final bill.
It proposes adding 700.
Miles of fencing at the border and doubling the size of the US Border Patrol among other changes.
Total price tag here nearly 46.
It also creates that path to citizenship for some eleven million immigrants -- said to be in the United States illegally.
But only once the border changes are in place and that could be ten years after the law takes effect.
Mike Emanuel is live tonight on Capitol Hill Mike.
-- deputy evening several -- -- did not make it back in time due to flight delays -- they were not needed.
Fifteen Republicans voted in favor giving 67.
Senators voting in favor of this critical.
Border security amendment -- along the way it took shots like this one.
This is the 12100 page amendment.
We have seen this play before.
It is reminiscent.
Of obamacare yet another proof that bill that we were told we've got to pass it.
To find out what's -- it.
Those behind this measure senator Bob corporate Tennessee and senator John Hogan in North Dakota pushed back hard on criticisms like that one.
Hovan says the amendment was an easy read.
This is it.
This is the new mature here a 140 pages.
This is what we're -- a 120 pages which I think somebody could read in a very short amount of time.
Also today President Obama met with CEOs and business leaders to make the case for the bigger bill comprehensive immigration reform.
The good news is that we've got -- strong bipartisan bill that meets many of those principles I've said before it's not a bill that.
Represents everything that I would like to see.
Presidents cup -- One author of today's amendment says after several other amendments are considered later this week.
He thinks it's possible they could get to seventy votes for comprehensive immigration reform.
Sending a strong message to the house kept and Mike lawmakers are still sifting through hundreds of other amendments to this same bill.
Which address immigration well beyond Mexico.
Incredibly they include amendments to grant certain types of visas to competitive chess players to ski instructors from Europe and New Zealand.
Even meet tremors for the state of South Carolina.
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