Disagreements on the right approach to immigration reform make it unlikely that a bill could be passed before the end of the year. The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill in June, but the House has never voted on it. U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson) says Republicans have instead focused on crafting separate pieces of legislation. “I think because some of things that passed in the Senate they don’t agree with,” Kelly said, “so they’re going to, I guess, cherry-pick what they do agree with and leave out what they don’t agree with.”
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The House hasn’t voted on any of those separate bills either, but Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) says that doesn’t mean the Senate approach is the way to go. “I’ve become, clearly, an advocate of breaking the process down, and taking it piece by piece. I think that’s the more sophisticated approach,” Roskam said.
With only a few more in-session days left for the House, several congressmen have said there isn’t enough time to pass any bill, and that Congress will have to take up the issue in 2014.