Tonight the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill cleared an important procedural hurdle when the Senate voted overwhelmingly (67 to 27) to invoke cloture on the amendment. This sets up the amendment for a pass/fail vote later in the week.
Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who introduced the amendment with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., made the following statement.
"This vote provides strong bipartisan support for an amendment that unquestionably strengthens border security and moves us toward solving the immigration problem that we have struggled with for decades," said Corker. "There are certainly provisions in the underlying bill that can be improved, but it is my hope that tonight's overwhelming vote will lead to the passage of a strong bipartisan bill out of the Senate later this week."
The Hoeven-Corker amendment mandates an unprecedented surge of security at the southern border, implements tough interior enforcement to curb de facto amnesty, and helps prevent abuse of federal benefits.