Immigration Policy Likely to Shift in Congress

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Immigration is an issue that could be treated differently when the Democratically controlled Congress is seated. Democrats and their Republican allies in both the House and Senate are drafting legislation to tackle the issue after an earlier immigration bill stalled in the Republican-controlled Congress.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Immigration is another issue that could see a major shift in policy when Congress returns. Democrats and their Republican allies in both the House and Senate are drafting legislation to tackle the issue after an earlier immigration bill stalled. The New York Times reports today that the new bills under consideration would not make illegal immigrants leave the country before applying for citizenship.

It would also end funding for offense along the border with Mexico. Legislators including Democrat Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Republican John McCain of Arizona hope to introduce the bill early next year.

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