An American flag flies at the U.S.-Mexico border near Sonoita, Ariz., in February. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Two Republican lawmakers have hashed out a deal aimed at assuaging conservative concerns about immigration reform, proposing to double the size of the Border Patrol and add 350 miles of extra fencing to the southern border over 10 years.
The deal, struck by Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, replaces a more stringent border deal supported by John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas. Cornyn's plan, which failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate this week, would have made the legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants contingent on the Border Patrol certifying that it is able to stop 90 percent of all illegal crossings. Immigrant groups blasted Cornyn's plan, saying it endangered the path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, a key part of the bill.
The Corker-Hoeven compromise says immigrants cannot receive permanent legal status, or green cards, until 350 extra miles of fencing has been added to the southern border and the Border Patrol there hasRead More »from Senators reach immigration deal to attract conservative support