BRIDGEWATER (WHSV) The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate yesterday is heading to the House today. The bill contains plans to double border security and would add hundreds of miles of border fencing.
The bill is not expected to pass in the House. House members are already suggesting they will strike down the Senate version and work on their own.
According to Dr. David McQuilken, a former political science professor at Bridgewater College, the main differences will deal with border security. Republicans are hoping to ask for more than double the security. Also McQuilken said conservatives will likely not want a pathway to citizenship or federal benefits for illegal immigrants. In the end, Dr. McQuilken said it will be political gridlock.
"If all things remain as they are, I really don't see us having a significant immigration reform bill because one is essentially going to cancel out the other and the result is political paralysis. We end up doing virtually nothing," said McQuilken.
If the House passes its own bill, in all likelihood, Senate and House members will come together in a conference committee; although nothing is expected to happen. Dr. McQuilken said at the earliest, it wouldn't be until 2016 for any true reform.
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