Senate immigration bill boosted by border deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) Immigration legislation offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions is gaining ground in the Senate following agreement between Republicans and Democrats on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.

The costly deal to double Border Patrol agents and fencing along the Southwest border won support from four undecided Republican senators Thursday for an immigration bill that’s a top priority for President Barack Obama. More Republicans appeared likely to come on board, putting the legislation within reach of the strong bipartisan vote that its authors say is needed to ensure serious consideration by the GOP-controlled House.

Republican Sen. John McCain says the deal should satisfy those Republicans concerned that the border security provisions in the bill were too weak.

The Senate continues work on the bill Friday.

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