After the Senate immigration reform bill failed, Jon Kyl publicly articulated his understanding that the public was asking for a commitment to border security before considering anything else, particularly amnesty. Senator Kyl stated that he heard the message and would respond.
True to his word, Kyl championed the Border Security First Act which provides $3 billion for more border security including more agents, surveillance equipment, vehicle barriers and 700 miles of fence along with funding to clean up the Basic Pilot Program database.
The bill passed on an 89-1 vote after a provision against sanctuary cities was removed.
In the meantime, the House on Wednesday voted to prevent the Bureau of Prisons from keeping former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Alonso Compean in federal prison while they await their appeals.