WASHINGTON (AP) - A proposal pushed by Alabama Senator Jeff
Sessions to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the
Mexican border was approved by the full U-S Senate today. The vote
comes amid clashes over citizenship for millions of men and
women who live in the United States illegally.
Senators, in an emotional debate, voted 83-to-16 to add fencing
and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the southern border. It
marked the first significant victory in two days for conservatives
seeking to place their stamp on the immigration measure.
The prospects are less favorable for their attempt to strip out
portions of the legislation that could allow citizenship for
millions of illegal immigrants and create new guest worker
The Senate acted as the White House struggles to ease the
concerns of House Republicans who contend that President Bush
favors amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Sessions said border areas where barriers already exist have
experienced economic improvement and reduced crime.