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Comments Indicate Corker-Hoeven Amendment Would be Eliminated in Conference
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) indicated in comments broadcast on CSPAN that a conference committee could very well remove the “border surge” amendment attached to the Senate immigration bill. The amendment, which would add 20,000 agents to Customs and Border Patrol helped secure passage of the bill through the Senate.

“I voted for it so friends of mine would be comfortable that we are securing the border,” McCain said during an event hosted by the AFL-CIO. “But the real securing of the border is with technology, as opposed to individuals.”

The Senate passed S.744 by a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans going along with every Democrat. The House is planning to take up an immigration bill this fall.

McCain’s comments: