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Congress Nibbles at Larger Immigration Issue

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Congress Nibbles at Larger Immigration Issue

Congress Nibbles at Larger Immigration Issue

Congress Nibbles at Larger Immigration Issue

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Congress turns its attention to immigration, but not to the larger national policy bills that are stuck between the House and Senate. Instead, with midterm elections looming, Republican leaders in both chambers are focusing strictly on enforcement measures.

The Senate voted unanimously to allow consideration of a bill passed last week in the House that calls for 700 miles of double-layer fencing along the border with Mexico. Democrats called the maneuvers election-season pandering — but they did nothing to block the bill.

In the House, lawmakers voted to require that voters show proof of citizenship before taking part in federal elections.