June 21, 2013
An amendment reinforcing border security that was added to the Senate bill would increase the number of federal border patrol agents by 40,000 and additional surveillance equipment.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are also working to increase the number of children of illegal immigrants who would qualify for a faster tract to citizenship in the bill.
The big question is can the immigration bill pass the House. The chances do not look that good right now considering that the House defeated the farm bill on Thursday. Conservative Republicans added amendments that called for drug testing food stamp recipients and making $20 billion in cuts from the SNAP (food stamp) Program.
The defeat of the farm bill meant the defeat of the provision that would have included the CNMI in the federal SNAP pilot Program. The bill was defeated 234 -195.
One thing that conservatives may like is the Congressional Budget Office's announcement that passing the immigration bill would result in reducing the deficit by $1 trillion over the next two decades.