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ABQ Journal: N.M. senators hopeful about immigration reform

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., suggested earlier this month that the extra Border Patrol agents could be a boon for the New Mexico economy.

“Doubling the number of Border Patrol agents would have a great impact in New Mexico – our state is home to about 1,500 agents already,” Udall said. “These agents are valuable federal employees who do a great service, and we’ve seen illegal crossings plummet in the last eight years, thanks to their work.”

In a statement Thursday, Udall said he appreciated the Republican support for the bill in the Senate.

“I didn’t agree with everything in the Corker-Hoeven amendment, but supported it because of the importance of strengthening our border security,” Udall said. “We need to reform our broken immigration system, and accomplishing something that complex takes compromise and the willingness to work together. In the last few years, Congress has certainly not done that well. So this is a really positive step forward, and I hope the House will follow our lead.”

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