Congress Will Pass Immigration Reform

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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 9:40am

It could be a significant breakthrough in the long fight over immigration reform in congress. A compromise on border security that has the potential to garner overwhelming support in the senate.

Congress is wrestling with how to grant legal status to students who are undocumented, they're among an estimated eleven million in the country illegally.

But there is fierce opposition demanding more border security before any path citizenship.

A new bipartisan compromise would add 20,000 border agents nearly doubling the force, and increase the border fence to extend 700 miles before green cards could be granted.

Sen Lindsey Graham states, "You'll have a border patrol agent every thousand feet on the border, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Do the math. 20,000 people out there, armed, They're going going to see'em and turn'em back."

The plan would require an electronic proof citizenship for workers. But the biggest objection from republican opponents is that it will not prevent future waves of illegal immigration. Even if the Senate could reach an agreement, immigration reform faces more opposition in the house.

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