Border-security amendment to immigration bill defeated in Senate

A proposed amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would have linked a citizenship path with tightened border security has been defeated on a 57-43 vote. The amendment from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would have required the Department of Homeland Security to show "effective control" of the entire border for six months before those in the country illegally could apply for citizenship. Meanwhile, five Democratic senators met with President Barack Obama to discuss a path forward for the bill and how to appease Republican lawmakers' concerns about border security.

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