An amendment to toughen border-security measures in a bipartisan immigration bill has cleared the Senate with a 69-29 vote. The amendment would require double the number of agents on the border, the installation of 700 miles of fencing and investment in high-tech equipment to detect illegal border crossings. Its passage brings the Senate closer to approving the bill this week, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, noted it would not affect the House's plans on immigration legislation.

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