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Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada has called the Cornyn measure a “poison pill,” saying its mix of high border-security hurdles, unclear metrics for determining success, and tying the whole thing to the pathway to citizenship for people already in the US illegally amounts to "a back-door way to undermine the legislation." 

Senator Cornyn’s amendment, introduced Wednesday, would require the US to meet certain conditions before illegal immigrants could pursue permanent residency. They include constant observation of the 2,000-mile southern border (including the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in some form or fashion 24 hours a day, seven days a week) and apprehension of 90 percent of potential border-crossers. It also would mandate nationwide implementation of workplace employment verification software known as E-Verify, as well as biometric identification systems in all the nation’s seaports and international airports.

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