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A metal fence constructed by National Guardsmen along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Arizona, October 2007. The border amendment to the Senate immigration bill, which cleared a test vote Monday, proposes doubling the existing amount of border fence and U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Senate vote on border gives push to immigration overhaul - New York Times Monday's 67-27 cloture vote on a border security amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill "offered a preliminary glimpse of how many senators, roughly, would vote for the bill’s final passage." A vote on the bill could happen later this week.
Does the Senate immigration bill really need 70 votes? - Washington Post It doesn't, really. But the Senate lawmakers behind the comprehensive immigration reform package are hoping that more votes in the Senate will give the bill added momentum as it heads into the House. Still, that may not matter so much if there is strong House opposition, which is likely.
Immigration and the labor market - New York Times The recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate immigration reform plan estimates that at first, U.S. wages overall will decline slightly as new immigrant workers enter the official job market, earning less than domestic workers. However, by 2033, "average wages would be 0.5 percent higher than they would have been without the new immigrants."
Poll finds Americans mistaken on immigration rate - USA Today A majority of Americans surveyed in a new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll believe that number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally is higher today than it was a decade ago. In fact, recorded illegal entries in recent years have been at record lows.
Supreme Court strikes down key provision of voting rights law - NPR The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that a section of the Voting Rights Act that requires federal approval of changes to voting procedures in certain states "cannot be enforced until Congress 'comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.' " Critics are calling it a setback for voters of color.