Border deal boosts immigration's chances in the Senate - TIME An amendment announced Thursday that would heavily increase enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to draw more support for the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill from Senate Republicans, many of whom had complained that the bill as written didn't contain enough border security provisions.
'Border surge' plan makes green cards contingent on heavier security - Southern California Public Radio A border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill would still let people living in the U.S. illegally seek provisional legal status, but they would not be able to obtain permanent legal status until the security goals outlined in the plan are met. This would include a completed 700 miles of border fence and double the existing number of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Inside the border deal that almost failed - Politico How a report from the Congressional Budget Office estimating that the Senate's immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit by almost $1 trillion over 20 years worked its way into a proposed revamp of the Senate immigration bill. Now, $30 million is being proposed for a "border surge" that could attract GOP votes for the bill.
Three signs of trouble for immigration reform in the House - Washington Post An immigration reform bill is still making progress in the Senate, in spite of a border security agreement that would make the path to citizenship more contingent on meeting border enforcement goals. But things are different in the House, where lawmakers are having a tough time agreeing on a plan.
White House offers stealth campaign to support immigration bill - New York Times On the quiet campaign being run out of the Obama administration's "covert immigration war room...strategically located down the hall from the Senate Judiciary Committee in one of the city’s massive Congressional office buildings, the work space normally reserved for the vice president."
Mexican roots for a majority of Latino Americans - ABC News According to a new Pew Research study, people of Mexican descent make up more than two-thirds of all U.S. Latinos: "Of the 51.9 million Latinos living in the United States in 2011, more than 33.5 million trace their family back to Mexico."