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Immigration bill passes test vote in the Senate

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 11:01:26 PM CDT

Immigration bill passes test vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The immigration bill passed what they're calling a 'test' vote in the Senate on Monday and some think it's well on its way to clearing the chamber.

After a lengthy debate, the Senate approved an amendment that would require 20 thousand additional agents as well as more fencing along the border and more than three billion dollars in technology upgrades.

Proponents say thanks to the amendment, the Senate is one step closer to passing the bill entirely.

“This immigration reform was based on four pillars and border security was one of those, without it, to have a porous border would kind of nullify all the benefits we're trying to get out of this reform” said Jose Campos, an immigration attorney and Immigration Committee Chair for OFA.

Monday night, immigration attorneys Campos, Raymond Lahoud and Kevin Santos took part in a panel discussion to help further people's knowledge on the bill and why they believe it's needed.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Organizing for Action opened the event with a short documentary film titled 'The Dream is Now' showing the faces of immigration, and had the three experts to address the issue as well as what's happening in the Senate.

"It's never going to be perfect for anybody and that's just the legislative process so we have to accept a little give and take but in the end I think it's going to greatly benefit everyone," said Campos.

Regardless, some in the Senate still don't believe the latest amendment is enough.

“There are many senators it seems in this body perhaps on both sides of the aisle that very much want a fig leaf, they want something that they can claim we are supporting border security when in fact this bill does not,” said U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).