The full senate’s first votes over the immigration bill are expected to begin tomorrow.
The following are the three most controversial parts of the Border, Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013:
Pathway to Citizenship
Even though recent polls show that most Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, it is still the most controversial part of immigration reform. The opinions are divided along party lines. Most democrats support it and most republicans do not. The republican base could stop supporting their Republican politicians if they vote for it, and this makes republicans nervous. The bill calls for a 13-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements.
Increased Border Security
Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, used along the borders worry many Americans. Many believe that the use of drones could negatively affect the liberties of Americans and allow for spying without due process. The bill, which puts border security as a top priority of immigration reform, calls for drones patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border 24 hours a day.
Cost of Immigration Reform
It seems that most Americans agree that immigration reform is necessary. But many are concerned over how much taxpayers will have to pay. The Heritage Foundation published a report a few weeks ago that stated the bill will cost $6.3 trillion dollars over 50 years. The validity of the report has been put into question.
There is a good possibility that the bill will pass in the Senate by the July 4 recess. The Senate is lead by Democrats.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants