A central Illinois congressman is pleased with the Senate proposal of the immigration bill. Peoria Republican Aaron Schock says he's concerned about potential "poison pill" amendments that could be added by lawmakers, but he's hopeful the current basic proposal will emerge.
"Right now, I do think the bill the Senate has proposed, there are more benefits than negatives, but that doesn't mean the bill can't be improved. It doesn't mean we're going to take it cold turkey from the Senate over in the House. We'll put our own fingerprint on it, but I do think this is a good sign."
The Senate compromise, co-authored by Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers and beefs up border security. Schock, who spoke to a group of students at Normal West High School, says he's concerned about amendments that could strip funding for electronic verification and an attempt by labor groups to stop expanded guest worker programs he says are crucial to California as well as Illinois agriculture.
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