Bipartisan House Lawmakers Reach Deal on Immigration Bill

The overhaul of U.S. immigration laws finally seems to be making slow progress. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, made up of eight Democratic and Republican leaders, reached a deal for an immigration bill on Thursday, which will be introduced in June, reports Reuters.

Similar to the bill introduced in the Senate, the bill promises a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country. Although details of the agreement have not been released, the House’s version reportedly has many similarities to the provisions approved by the Senate, including increased border patrol and job enforcement.

However, unlike the 13-year pathway to citizenship that the Senate introduced, this bill will most likely include a 15-year pathway to citizenship, which will require undocumented immigrants to sign an admission stating that they have violated U.S. immigration laws.

Over the last several months, there have been disagreements about healthcare provisions and granting work visas - specifically the number of high-tech undocumented works that would be allowed citizenship, as well as low-skilled workers.

As of now, the group hopes to complete the estimated 900-page bill by the end of this month. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a member of the group tweeted, “Important breakthrough, some details still to be worked out, but very pleased things are moving forward.”

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