Republicans and Democrats reached for agreement Thursday on a costly, military-style surge to secure the U.S.-Mexican border and clear the way for Senate passage of legislation giving millions of immigrants a chance at citizenship after years in America’s shadows, reports the Associated Press. The emerging deal called for a doubling of the Border Patrol, with 20,000 new agents, 18 new unmanned surveillance drones and 350 miles of new fencing.
“This is a border surge. We have militarized our border, almost,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). The plan was announced by Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Republicans who had been publicly uncommitted on the legislation. A final vote on the legislation is expected by the end of next week.