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Senate approves $600 million for border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has agreed to add $600 million to the effort to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border.

The new money includes funds for 1,500 new enforcement agents and for the use of unmanned aerial drones to enhance border surveillance.

The bill's sponsor was Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who said it would provide a 10 percent boost above current border spending.

The House last week passed similar legislation with $701 million in emergency money for border security.

It could take up the Senate bill when it interrupts its August recess next Tuesday for a one-day session to pass a Senate-approved jobs bill.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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