Border security amendment clears hurdle, bolstering chances for immigration bill in Senate


The effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws took another important step forward Monday when a Republican proposal to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border cleared a key procedural hurdle by a margin that bodes well for its eventual approval in the Senate.

The Senate voted 67 to 27 to proceed to debate on the proposal, exceeding the threshold necessary to move forward but falling short of the 70 votes that some supporters had hoped it might earn. The vote was one of just a final few steps left before the Senate is expected to give final approval to the bipartisan measure later this week.

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