As published in The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is preparing to push landmark immigration legislation across a few final hurdles and possibly pick up one or two more Republican “yes” votes along the way.

The legislation cleared an early procedural hurdle Monday with room to spare, and more test votes awaited Wednesday. The White House-backed bill would pour billions of dollars into border securityand offer a path to citizenship to some 11 million immigrants now in the United States illegally.

After the addition of provisions greatly strengthening border security and doubling the size of the border patrol, the legislation looks likely to command support from at least 14 Republicans on final passage Thursday or Friday. That’s more than enough to ensure the 60-vote margin needed for passage, as all 52 Democrats and the two independents who usually vote with them look likely to stick together.

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