"We all want border security, but we didn't want border security [to] be used as a pretext to block the path to citizenship, and that was what the fight was," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Univision's "Al Punto" last Sunday. "We overcame that a couple of days ago where we said we were not having any of these 'triggers' that are not attainable on border security, which would prevent the earned path to citizenship."
There's evidence that the amendment has wooed some Republican holdouts on the immigration bill, making passage likely in the Senate.
But the House is a different story. Most members of the Republican-controlled body appear to be unconvinced by the compromise border language. And some House Republicans are moving ahead with an effort to handle immigration reform on a piece-by-piece basis.
"It will pass the Senate, but it's dead on arrival in the House," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" last Sunday. "The House is much closer to me, and I think they think border security has to come first before you get immigration reform."