The immigration reform bill approved last month by the Senate provides measures for the 11 million undocumented citizens to gradually obtain citizenship. The White House also claims it would bolster border security and boost the U.S. economy, reducing deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years. The bill would increase the American population by a net of 10.4 million people by 2023 and 16 million by 2033.
Republicans are resistant to the legislation on immigration, claiming a path to citizenship means amnesty. Because the House is Republican majority, the bill now rests in Republican hands and must have their approval as well before it can be passed.