Immigration reform may be elusive, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says. Durbin likes the measure that the Senate passed with support from both parties, but he says that bill may have lost its momentum since it moved out of a Senate committee. “Sadly, that was almost six months ago. Time is not a friend of legislation. The longer it sits, the more likely it is someone is going to find something to complain about,” he said in an address to the City Club of Chicago, where he shared the stage with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), also an advocate of reform.
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The bill which got 68 votes in the Senate would provide legal status and a road to citizenship for illegal immigrants and overhaul the family immigration system. It would beef up border security and require employers to use the electronic employment eligibility verification system. The House wants to act on pieces of the legislation, says U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), but may be in no mood to do anything this year after the government shutdown showdown.
Pro-reform elements that are typically Republican, including business interests and evangelical Christians, are also pushing the House to act.