Proposed amendments to a bipartisan immigration bill could divide the coalition of lawmakers that support the measure and impede its passage on the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has proposed the use of biometric systems to monitor departures at land and sea ports and would like full, operational control of the border before granting citizenship. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are urging Republican lawmakers to wait on making changes until a final version of the bill is drafted with the House of Representatives.

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