Senate Defeats Cornyn Amendment

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The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted down an amendment proposed by Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas that would have required new border enforcement goals to be met before undocumented workers could apply for green cards. The Senate voted 54-43 to table Cornyn's “Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS)” amendment. Cornyn's amendment would have tied border security to the path toward legalization for the country's undocumented immigrants, requiring certain goals to be met before undocumented immigrants could attain legal status. Democratic Senators called the amendment a "poison pill," arguing that it would have put legalization out of reach for currently undocumented immigrants.

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