Congress Passes $600 Million Border-Security Bill

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This morning, Congress sent Obama a $600 million border-security bill, which passed in the House last week, for the president's approval. Along with the $26 billion jobs bill, this was the other reason Congress was called back into session. The bill concerns security along the U.S.-Mexico border, adding "more than 1,000 National Guard troops, garrison-like bases and at least one unmanned aerial drone," says Politico. The Democrats are positioning this concession to militarize the border as a way to get conservatives to focus on a path to citizenship for the country's 11 million illegal immigrants. "It will clear the path for restarting bipartisan discussions," said Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on immigration.

Senate hustles through $600 million border bill [Washington Times]
Breaking News [Politico]