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Immigration reform bill hits first major snag this week

This week, the proposed immigration reform bill hit its biggest obstacle yet when Senate Republicans said the bill would have to do much more to tighten border security in order for it to pass. A leading Republican said there is no way the bill will pass the House and it will struggle to pass the Senate unless changes are made.

Even though there has been a notable bi-partisan push to get the bill made into law, there still appears to be not enough backing from Republicans in Congress who want tighter border security measures taken before millions of undocumented immigrants are provided with a path to citizenship.

One of the changes that has been proposed in the Senate is a requirement for law enforcement to guarantee 100 percent control over the United States-Mexico border before any undocumented immigrants are granted permanent residency. The amendment was proposed by Republicans who have expressed doubt over the Obama Administration's control of the border.

Another roadblock was met this week when a member of the Senate's "group of eight," the bi-partisan coalition that drafted the bill, left the group over disagreement about what type of government health care services should be offered to undocumented immigrants after they have been granted temporary legal status.

Even with this week's road blocks, some members of Congress remain positive that immigration reform remains possible this legislative session. For example, a Republican representative from Florida told the press he is "very optimistic" about where the lawmakers are at with the bill.

The Senate officially begins considering the bill next week.

Source: USA TODAY, "GOP seeks tougher border security in immigration bill," Susan Davis, June 5, 2013

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