Border security amendment offered in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) An agreement to vastly increase fencing, patrols and
high-tech monitoring along the U.S.-Mexico border has been formally unveiled in the Senate.

The measure backed by Democrats and Republicans is an amendment to a sweeping immigration bill that, with its inclusion, now looks headed for passage next week with substantial bipartisan support.

The amendment would double Border Patrol agents, add hundreds of miles of fencing, and spend billions on everything from helicopters to drones to watchtowers.

The amendment is sponsored by Republican Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee.

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