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    Senate Passes Key Immigration Amendment

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: (L-R) U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), also known as the Gang of Eight, speak to members of the media during a news conference on immigration reform April 18, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The senators discussed the 'Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act'. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    The Senate voted on Monday to accept stronger border security measures, setting up a successful vote on a bill to reform the country's immigration laws. Lawmakers voted 67 to 27 to prevent a filibuster of the plan, which would allocate roughly $30 billion for border enforcement and called for doubling Border Patrol personnel to 40,000 agents. It would also require the completion of 700 miles of fencing. Those lawmakers opposing the plan said it should require that the border be secure before the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country could seek citizenship.

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