Immigration reform

11:09 AM, Jul 10, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- In a few hours, House Republicans are holding a special meeting to figure out what to do about immigration.

There's political pressure all around on this one.

After failing miserably with Hispanic voters in the last election, Republicans want to be seen as out front on this issue - but there's a big split in the party on whether the focus should be securing America's border, or dealing with millions of undocumented workers already here.

The dreamers - kids who were brought to the U.S. illegally - are knocking on doors for support.

500 of them plan to rally on Capitol Hill today as Republicans consider whether they'll provide a path to citizenship for 11 million people living here illegally, like this 16 year-old who wished to remain anonymous. "I am an American. I've been here all my life. I don't remember going to Mexico. I don't remember anyone there," said the 16 year old Virginia Resident

But Republicans are standing firm - first they want the flow of undocumented workers to stop. "We all believe that if we're going to go forward on immigration reform, the first big step is you have to have serious border security," said House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

Today the party's top Republican weighs in. Former president George w. Bush speaks at a naturalization ceremony at his new library this morning. Bush has said the system is broken and needs to be fixed.

But Boehner says his party will start from scratch, not with the bill that passed the senate.

Democrats, and some Republicans say that bill deserves a vote. "A majority that is more than 218 members of the House of Representatives are ready to vote for comprehensive immigration reform," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez , (D) Illinois.

Republican leaders say that vote - whatever form it takes - could happen later this month.

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