Immigration reform bill gets huge boost as Republican Senator Ayotte says she will vote in favour
Other Republicans expected to follow suit and back Gang of Eight proposal
But he has criticized the bill for not having a mechanism to assure that the U.S. border with Mexico is secure. The report says he also wants visa programs that allow companies to hire foreign workers expanded.
The Senator said: “I am the conduit between conservatives in the House who don't want a lot of these things and more moderate people in the Senate who do want these things. I want to make the bill work, but see, the thing is, what they have in the Senate has zero chance of passing in the House.
“I'm really trying to make immigration work, but they are going to have to come to me and they're going to have to work to make the bill stronger if they want me to vote for it.”
The New York Times report says both Republican and Democratic senators are likely to offer amendments to the bill to bolster border security, considered by critics to be a weak link in broad immigration reform.
Critics warn of the risk of a repeat of 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that offered amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants but failed to obtain the level of border security that backers had anticipated.
They claim that the 1986 amnesty ended up attracting more illegal immigrants.
Democrats have already stated they will fight any amendments, including those on border security, that would create too many obstacles to the 13-year path to citizenship included in the Senate bill.
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