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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

REPUBLICANS TO BUSH: SEND MONEY TO THE BORDER AND WE'LL PASS AN IMMIGRATION BILL

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[UPDATE: News agencies are reporting that Bush has endorsed the plan and will support plans to speed money for border enforcement]



Now this is interesting and it's good news. Several Senators who are leading opponents of immigration reform legislation have told President Bush that if the President takes the initiative in getting a supplemental appropriations bill through providing for more funding for border enforcement, they would be inclined to support immigration reform.



According to Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), as reported in Congressional Quarterly, the money would go to



o A fence along the southern border as authorized in last year's fence bill.



o
43,000 detention beds, 10,000 full-time border patrol agents and 4,000
full-time customs enforcement investigators as authorized in an
intelligence overhaul law.             



o An
employer verification system and surveillance technology (as provided in Title III of the Senate bill



Senator Reid spoke at a breakfast this morning, according to a source that was at the event, and said the bill could be on the Senate floor as early as next Wednesday assuming Republicans come to agreement on amendments (which appears to have happened). According to my source, Reid told the audience that it's the House's nightmare to actually get a bill from the Senate. But my sources are telling me that many in the House are eager to get going on marking up a bill.

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