Immigration Reform Bill Working It's Way Through Washington, For Now

By Emma Koch
By Tracie Potts - NBC News

Immigration Reform Bill Working It's Way Through Washington, For Now

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.nbc33.com) – Immigration reform is making progress in Washington with the Senate on track to vote on the bill before the July 4th break, but progress could come to a screeching halt as the bill goes to the House, where republicans are in control.

House Republicans say they have no intention of voting on the Senat Bill. They’re creating their own.

Hispanic groups are pressuring republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is making their push because they want to see the Senate Plan become law.

The Senate Plan includes doubling the number of officers, fencing at the border, more security, like drones, ad full employer verification before any of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants gets a green card.

With bi-partisan support from the Senate, House Republicans still don’t believe in the Senates bill. So, they are drafting their own plan. Speaker John Boehner has said they won’t even vote on the Senate’s version.

Republicans want security first, before a path to citizenship, but that could take years.

Thursday there is a hearing on how to best secure the border and keep more illegal immigrants out.

The Senates plan is expected to cost $46 billion, which is $40 billion more than lawmakers originally planned.

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