POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — In Washington, immigration reform is making progress. The senate is on track to vote before next week's July 4 break, but that effort could hit a wall in the House where Republicans are in control.
House Republicans say they have no intention of voting on the Senate Bill. They're creating their own
Hispanic groups are pressuring Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform. "Pass immigration reform now! We don't want more small pieces," said Gustavo Torres from Casa de Maryland.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus makes its push this afternoon.
They want to see the senate plan become law.
That plan now includes doubling the number of officers and fencing at the border. Plus, more security like drones, and full employer verification before any of the Nation's 11 Million illegal immigrants gets a green card. "This is about making the underline bill work," said Senator Rob Portman, (R) Ohio.
"We all met in the middle because we believed in this bill," said Senator Chuck Schumer, (D) New York.
House Republicans don't. They're drafting their own plan. Speaker John Boehner has said they won't even vote on the Senate's version.
We'll hear more from him today.
Republicans want security first - before a path to citizenship, but that could take years. "These people will be here and the best thing we can do is bring them out of the shadows," said Senator Jeff Flake, (R) Arizona.
Today there's a hearing on how to best secure the border and keep more illegal immigrants out.
Adding border security will cost 46 million dollars - that's 40 million more than lawmakers originally planned to spend.