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IL Rep. Weighs In As Immigration Debate Shifts to U.S. House

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:39:01 CDT
By: Haley BeMiller

Now that the U.S. Senate has approved an immigration bill, it's time for the House of Representatives to respond. Congressman Aaron Schock says the Senate plan could reduce the deficit, but there are key differences between the two bodies that still need be addressed in the upcoming months. One of the biggest challenges, he says, relates to border security.


"I think the debate really centers around who determines whether or not the border is secure," he says. "The concern among the House is that the Senate leaves that up to the discretion of the administration."

Schock says he personally believes the ultimate authority should go to state governors along the border.

He says the House will begin debating key parts of possible legislation, but doesn't believe they will come up with a complete package before the August recess.


"There's no doubt that we've got a broken immigration system," he says. "I want to be a part of helping to fix it. Hopefully we can get some of the big pieces of legislation introduced, begin debating it, before the August recess. But as I said, I think it's important that we do this right more so than we do it quickly."

The Senate's immigration bill would implement a plan to legalize the 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. It also suggests ways to enhance border security and verify the immigration status of employees through the electronic system E-Verify.

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