Immigration

Congressional Republicans Increasingly Unlikely To Back Senate Immigration Plan

Will need concessions from Democrats

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Congressional Republicans, who have been more receptive to immigration reform since last November, now appear increasingly unlikely to widely back the Senate immigration bill unless they can extract significant concessions from Democrats.

It all comes down to the battle over border security. Some Senate Republicans are coalescing around a new border security plan as an alternative to Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn's, demanding acceptance of it as a condition for their support of the overall bill. But top Democrats are balking at initial drafts of their proposal and privately concede there's little chance the Senate will add even tougher border security language to the bipartisan bill.