Kirk says he will back immigration bill if security tightened

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Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who previously opposed an immigration reform bill, says he’s ready to support new changes which include additional border security.

The changes are expected to be announced today by the bipartisan group of senators sponsoring the bill.

A source says the “border surge” would double the number of border patrol agents, and ensure 700 miles of fence.

The changes are aimed at attracting 70 or more votes in the Senate, and creating momentum for success in the Republican controlled house.


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