US House to debate immigration reform bill

July 08, 2013

The United States House of Representatives will begin taking up immigration reform legislation in the days ahead. Some say the measure approved in the Senate is dead on arrival in the lower chamber, but Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) expects a compromise bill to win eventual approval.

“We’ll have to negotiate with the Senate what ultimately we agree on,” Franks said. “The House is doing this the way it really should be done, the way all major legislation like this should be done, is to debate each element of it in a very in-depth way.”

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) hopes the House will take up the Senate-passed measure but said he has some problems with the border security provisions of the measure. He calls the huge increase in law enforcement along the border overkill.

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