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Sessions: Border surge amendment doesn’t require surge

The near-final version of the immigration bill doesn’t require President Barack Obama to implement any of the much-touted “border surge” that bridged a partisan divide last week, according to a review of the bill by staff working for Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions.

The 1,187-page bill will face a critical “cloture vote” on Monday at 5.30 p.m., three days after the “border surge” amendment was added to the draft bill. If it passed, as expected, the Senate will hold a yes-or-no vote by Thursday.

The addition of the amendment prompted several GOP Senators to announce their support for the controversial bill.

But “there is no border surge … [and] not a single new Border Patrol agent has to be hired before the amnesty is put into place,”said Session’s analysis of the amended bill, which aides in Sessions’ office provided to The Daily Caller.

“Based our experience with the Secure Fence Act [of 2006], which required 700 miles of double-layer border fencing that never got built [because of Democratic opposition], one thing is clear: the border surge will never happen,” said the analysis, which did not identify any improvements to the amended bill.

“It’s 1986 all over again: amnesty without enforcement,” the analysis summarized.

Sessions is the main opponent of the controversial, far-reaching rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws, which allow the arrival of roughly 46 million immigrants, and establish a population of roughly 2.5 million university-level guest workers, over the next two decades.

The bill will also provide many new rights to illegal immigrants, provide a great deal of work to immigration lawyers, and allow U.S. universities to offer green-cards to tuition-paying foreign graduates.

The bill will reduce average wages, education levels and employment for at least a decade, and will increase the share of national income won by property-owners at the expense of wage and salary earners for at least 20 years, according to a June 16 report by the Congressional Budget Office.

The bill’s provisions are very unpopular with voters, according to a poll funded by a group opposed to the measure. Other polls show majority public support for a conditional legalization of the 11 million illegal immigrants.

But it is not clear if the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives will oppose the bill.

The bill is strongly supported by progressives and allies of business groups, along with donors and software billionaires — including Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Senate Democrats and several Republicans lauded the “border surge” Thursday and Friday, and said it allowed a bipartisan deal that has the support of more than 60 Senators, including at least 10 of the 45 GOP Senators.

“Literally, it will almost militarize the border as a surge,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who initiated effort to draft the bill last November.

“Boots on the ground, drones in the air,” claimed Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has led the effort to draft and pass the far-reaching bill.

The so-called surge was developed with two Republicans, North Dakota’s Sen. John Hoeven, and Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker.

The two Senators gave up the GOP demand for a so-called trigger that would have delayed legal benefits for illegals until the southern border was 90 percent, in exchange for a multi-billion dollar buildup of border agents and surveillance gar between 2017 and 2021.

The demand for 90 percent efficacy was when President Barack Obama told Schumer that it was unacceptable.