Breakthrough on immigration bill: Border security increases win Senate Republicans' backing

WASHINGTON (AP) - "Boots on the ground, drones in the air." That's how Sen. Chuck Schumer is summing up the beefed up border security included in the Senate's immigration overhaul.

An emerging deal on the legislation calls for a doubling of the Border Patrol, with 20,000 new agents, 18 new unmanned surveillance drones, 350 miles of new fencing, and an array of fixed and mobile devices to maintain vigilance.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says it would "almost" militarize the U.S.-Mexican border. The plan was announced by two Republican senators,  John Hoeven (HOH'-ven) of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee, who had been publicly uncommitted.

A final vote on the legislation is expected by the end of next week. The next move would be up to the House, where Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to provisions that would grant citizenship to immigrants living in the United States illegally.

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