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Immigration Showdown

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SkyFox hovered over a scene crawling with Houston police early Tuesday evening. As police investigated claims of a possible stash house for illegal immigrants, U.S. senators were wrapping up a day's work, debating a new immigration reform bill.

Lawmakers from both parties both want some sort of reform.

The problem? One side wants a pathway to citizenship. The other does not.

"I think a lot of people don't consider the human aspect of immigration reform," said Mark Jones, political science chair at Rice University.

An estimated 11 million people are in this country illegally. Some willingly broke the law as adults. Others came as children.

"I didn't really choose to come to this country," said Jose Espinoza, an undocumented immigrant who has registered for consideration to stay in the United States under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


Immigration reform is a touchy issue. On our Fox 26 Facebook page, we asked what aspects of immigration social media users thought the media ignored. Among the issues: illegal immigrants subsidizes social programs and paying taxes, investigating border security as it pertains to amnesty offers, and politics, which takes us back to Mark Jones.

"We're almost at 20 years since the democrats have won a statewide office (in Texas)," he said. "Republicans have to get immigration off the table if they are going to be able to win the hearts and minds of Hispanic voters. (They) are going to be crucial to the party if they're going to retain their majority status in states like Texas as well as remain viable, as a national party in the future."


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