By JAVIER MANJARRES
A new Senate amendment co-sponsored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND), that would bolster the border security aspect of the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill by building an additional 700 miles of fence, and employing thousands of more Border Patrol agents, is expected to be introduced today, and could garner the needed Republicans votes to pass the Senate.
Officials described a so-called border surge that envisions doubling the size of the Border Patrol with 20,000 new agents, constructing hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the border with Mexico and purchasing new surveillance drones to track would-be illegal border crossers. The cost of the additional agents alone was put at $30 billion over a decade. -Fox News
Senator Rand Paul has all but said that he would not support it, while Rubio is fully backing this amendment. Yes, if this amendment is inserted into the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration reform bill, it would make the border stronger, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that this new bill, were it to pass in the Senate, will die in the House of Representatives.
As we stated yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office has stated that 75% of the existing illegal immigration will continue, regardless of whether the current Senate immigration bill passes and is signed into law. Now, in all fairness, this 75% figure could be cut significantly, if this amendment becomes law.
“Taking into account all of [the] flows of new immigrants, CBO and JCT expect that a greater number of immigrants with lower skills than with higher skills would be added to the workforce, slightly pushing down the average wage for the labor force as a whole… However, CBO and JCT expect that currently unauthorized workers who would obtain legal status under S. 744 would see an increase in their average wages… [An] increase in the average wage would not occur for a dozen years.”-CBO
Senator Rubio appeared on Fox News to address the border security amendment.
They violated the immigration laws of the United States, you don’t have a right to illegally immigrate to the United States… I don’t think people who have violated the immigration laws have a right to demand anything.-Senator Marco Rubio
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