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Immigration reform facing uphill battle in House

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Updated: 7/02/2013 4:38 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The ambitious plan for immigration reform crafted by a group of senators including, Marco Rubio, has passed a huge hurtle.

But now it's up to the House of Representatives.

For Noe Azcatl the passing of the bill in the Senate is a crucial first step.

"We took a big step, we still have a long way to go but it's something everyone is hoping for," said Noe Azcatl, immigrant.

Azcatl moved to Jacksonville from Mexico when he was 14 years old. Until just recently, he had been living in Obscurity but thanks to what's known as "differed action" he was able to receive a work permit and driver's license.

However, deffered action is only temporary. Azcatl must re-apply in two years.

His future and that of his family's, who are undocumented, now depends on the House.

"It's not a good bill, it's not good for America," said Congressman Ted Yoho, District 3.

Congressman Ted Yoho, whose district includes Orange Park, says the bill crafted by the Senate needs to go back to the drawing board.

"When you look at border security which is what most people want before we go any further, this bill falls far short of that," said Yoho.

Other House republicans seem to agree with Congressman Yoho's sentiment. In a statement to Action News, Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston said "our nation's immigration system is in serious need of reform but the Senate's proposal is misguided. I believe we must enforce the laws we already have and secure the border."
Meanwhile, Azcatl says he just wants a chance to provide for his young son.

"Here you'll get a better life and that's why everyone comes here to get a better life," said Azcatl.

Instead of taking up the Senate version, the House has opted to craft their own version of an immigration reform bill. Voting is not expected until at least August.

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