Immigration Bill Passes Senate, Uncertain in House


The Senate came together Thursday and passed an immigration reform bill with bipartisan support.

Passing the bill in the Senate is just one step in the process to becoming law. The issue now moves to the House where serious differences have to be overcome before an immigration reform bill makes to to the president's desk.

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he will not bring the Senate bill up for a vote. Boehner says House Republicans will create their own immigration reform plan.

"We're going to go home for our recess next week and listen to our constituents and when we get back, we're going to have a conference on July 10th and have a discussion about the way to move forward," Boehner said.

One of the biggest sticking points for many House Republicans is what to do with the nation's estimated 11-million undocumented immigrants.

The Senate bill provides temporary legal status for undocumented workers and eventually citizenship, if they pass a background check and pay fines and back taxes.

Senate leaders say they couldn't have passed the bill without that provision.

Democrats say the House bill will need to have a path to citizenship as well, but many Republicans say citizenship rewards people who broke the law.


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