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The Senate has approved a long-awaited immigration reform bill that creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants while imposing unprecedented new measures for border security. It would spend $46 billion to nearly double the number of border agents to 40,000, expand the use of drones, and construct around 700 miles of border fencing. Republicans introduced the border amendment in a bid to win their colleagues’ support, prompting criticism from a number of immigrant rights groups who say the added “security” requirements are so extreme they undermine the bill overall. We’re joined by two guests: Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy at the United We DREAM Coalition; and Fernando Garcia, founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights. Garcia was arrested earlier this week outside the Democrats’ headquarters in Dallas to protest the party’s approval of increased border militarization.

Continue reading and watch the video:  http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/28/senate_bill_creates_path_for_undocumented

Related story:  Statement of George Goehl, Executive Director, of National People’s Action, on the Senate Immigration Bill:

“While we support the need to move forward on immigration reform, we believe this compromised bill goes too far to appease extremists and enrich corporations by including excessive border enforcement. Our country deserves an immigration system that puts people and families first, before corporate greed. The path to citizenship in this bill is long and onerous and the boarder security measures are a giant give away to private contractors.

We now move on to the House, and will push for a final bill that prioritizes a broad path to citizenship for all 11 million, protects the rights of all workers (both native and immigrant), keeps corporate interests out and keeps our families together.”

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