Immigration bill clears a critical hurdle
Capitol Hill (NBC NEWS) — Comprehensive immigration reform legislation cleared a critical hurdle, Monday.
A bipartisan majority green-lit a compromise measure to dramatically beef up the bill's border security provisions and help pave the way for the measure's final passage.
The Senate voted 67-27 to move forward with a "border surge" amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill, setting the stage for a final vote later this week.
15 Republicans joined all of the Senate Democrats to back the compromise.
The amendment would double the number of border control agents to 40-000 and guarantee the completion of a 700-mile fence along the southern border, among other security measures sought by Republicans.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid filed for what's called "cloture" to quickly end debate.