Supporters of the Senate’s immigration bill rebuffed repeated Republican attempts to verify border-security gains before any immigrant here illegally could gain legal status.
The fight over this "trigger" became the first contentious battle in what are expected to be weeks of debate within the Senate Judiciary Committee
"The triggers in the bill that kick off legalization are weak," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s top Republican. "No one can dispute that this bill is legalization first, enforcement later."
Grassley and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, were among those who offered the border-security amendments, which met opposition from the committee’s 10 Democrats and the two Republicans — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona — who helped draft the bill. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, supported the border security amendments.
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