WASHINGTON -- Texas' senators split their vote Thursday as the Senate defeated a proposal requiring that miles of border fence be in place before illegal immigrants could seek legalization or a temporary worker program.
The amendment to the Senate immigration bill would have required a congressional vote to certify that border security and workplace enforcement measures were in place. That includes at least 370 miles of border fencing.
The measure failed 54-to-42. Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison voted against the measure, while fellow Republican John Cornyn voted for it.
Hutchison opposed the measure on the floor, saying the Border Patrol should be the ones deciding exactly where those fences are needed, not Congress
The senators voted for the fence Congress passed last year, which calls for at least 700 miles of fence along the border.