Immigration reform battle brews on Capitol Hill

Immigration reform battle brews on Capitol Hill

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Immigration reform could be the next big battle on Capitol Hill.

President Obama says a more inclusive immigration law would be good for the US economy and national security.

But how do Arizona law makers feel?

President Obama ramped up his message to congress this week, pledging to move on immigration reform--and fast.

"whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or an independent, I want you to keep working, and I'm going to be right next to you, to make sure we get immigration reform done," said Obama.

The president says the already-passed Senate bill has border security measures built-in.

Arizona's Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, not only voted for the measure, but they were co-sponsors.

Despite that, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says this legislation might be premature:

"We are the gateway, and we are fed up with it and I think that we have made our message pretty strong and pretty clear not only in Arizona, but throughout the US, that we want our borders secured," said Brewer.

The former New Mexico governor says there's still hope of a transformation.

"There are a lot of moderates in the Republican party that want comprehensive immigration and the senate bill does what Governor Brewer wants to do. It secures the border, more boots on the ground," said Bill Richardson.

The Obama administration has made the fight for reform among its end-of-the-year goals.

"You should believe the president when he says he wants this done by the end of the year. Is it difficult? Absolutely. Is it possible? Yes," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.  

The House of Representatives has less than 20 days left in session before the end of the year and the House Republican leadership doesn't have any votes scheduled yet.

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