Fifth Republican Comes Out In Favor Of Senate Immigration Bill

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) became the fifth Republican to endorse the comprehensive immigration reform bill that the Senate began considering on Sunday, telling CBS’ Face The Nation that the measure is a “thoughtful bipartisan solution to a tough problem.” She predicted that Republicans won’t filibuster the legislation, dealing a blow to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), who are seeking to undermine the effort.

The first-term senator specifically praised the bill’s border security provisions, which some Republicans seek to bolster before the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants can obtain legal status, but wrote in a separate editorial that she would “support strengthening the legislation’s border security measures even further.”

“I looked at the border security provisions, the E-Verify to make sure we control who’s getting a job in this country, and also making sure that there’s a better legal immigration system, bring the high-tech workers here to make sure that we can have the best and the brightest here in this country to grow our economy,” Ayotte told host Bob Schieffer. “This is a good bipartisan solution and I look forward to supporting it.”

In May, three Republicans — Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — voted to advance the bill out of the Senate Judiciary committee, which also has the support of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).