Fifteen Republicans voted in favor of the Hoeven-Corker Amendment on border security Monday, clearing the path for the immigration reform as a whole to advance in Senate.
While it didn’t get the 70 votes that the so-called “Gang of Eight” wanted, advancing 67-27, Monday’s vote gives the full bill momentum to pass in the Senate before the self-imposed July 4th deadline. The amendment authorizes an increase in border patrol agents by 20,000 and 700 miles of fencing on the border, and adds $38 billion in spending to the $8 billion previously included in the bill, The Hill reports. In addition to upping border security measures, if enacted, the bill will provide a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul does not support the immigration reform bill in its current form, and has said it’s “dead on arrival” in the Republican-controlled House.
On “Wilkow! Tuesday Paul said the bill will not slow down illegal immigration, but actually increase it as the bill reduces the work visa program for agriculture which Paul believes many illegal immigrants could use for legal entrance into this country.
On TheBlaze TV Tuesday, Paul also discussed the amendments he tried to add to the immigration bill, and how House Speaker John Boehner can block or reform the bill as it is now in order to make it acceptable for a majority of Republicans.