April 3, 2013
The main difference between the Senate and House immigration bill versions is that the Senate version would provide one difficult path to citizenship for all of the 11 million undocumented aliens, while the House version would provide several distinct paths.
The House bill would allow DREAMers (undocumented aliens brought to the U.S. as children) and low-skilled agricultural farm workers an "expiated, direct path to citizenship". Undocumented aliens who have immediate family members or an "employment relationship" would be given "legal permanent residence" status after meeting qualifying Other undocumented aliens could apply for "provisional legal status" if they admitted breaking the law and paid fines, back taxes, and learned English. They could work and travel legally, but would wait 10 years to get a green card and then 5 years to earn citizenship.
Meanwhile The White House is calling for Democrats to quickly push immigration reform through Congress.