Key immigration vote on Monday

Published online: Jun 22, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set a vote for Monday on that border security deal worked out as part of the immigration reform package.

On Thursday, Democratic and Republican leaders reached an agreement to double the number of federal agents on the U.S.-Mexican border to around 40,000 and provide them with more high-tech surveillance equipment. Border security has been a major concern with the immigration reform package, if the amendment is approved on Monday it would clear the way for a final vote on the immigration bill by the end of the week.

The bill would then go to the House where it faces bigger challenges.

Many in agriculture are calling for reform of the nation's immigration policy citing the number of immigrant workers doing everything from milking cows and harvesting crops to meat processing and food service.