Jun 24, 2013 10:37 AM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is preparing for a crucial test vote on a measure boosting border security along the U.S.-Mexico border and opening the door to citizenship for millions.
Ahead of the vote set for Monday evening, around a dozen Republican lawmakers had already indicated support, setting up a solid bipartisan margin of victory within reach of the 70 votes supporters are hoping for. All 54 Senate Democrats are likely to vote yes.
The measure includes changes to the original border security provisions in the bill that would double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol at a cost of around $30 billion and complete 700 miles of fencing. That compromise emerged last week after secret negotiations between Republicans and Democrats aimed at bringing more Republican senators on board.