El Paso, TX (KTDBC) — Lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a widely anticipated bill that's supposed to reform immigration. But Borderland residents anticipate much will be done.
Immigration reform has been the hot topic in Washington for years. The 'Gang of 8' is hoping the Senate will pass the new bill they've been working on. But El Pasoans are skeptical.
"That's always hard. Definitely coming to a decision... nah I don't think so," Abraham Gutierrez of East El Paso told us.
"I think that right now the feeling in Washington is that it's very acidic, it's all political," Richard Torres, a Central El Pasoan said.
Abraham Gutierrez is a college student. He moved to the US from Mexico at a young age. At 15-years-old he obtained his citizenship but he told us it was challenging. Now, he's hoping that other students like him will get the chance to study in the U.S.. "I think as far as students go, there shouldn't be any restrictions for us," Gutierrez told us.
Before coming to El Paso he told us he didn't believe higher education was a possible option. Now, he's going to college.
The bill outlines English learning requirements for potential citizens and adding $6.5 billion more to border fencing. "I don't think that's the answer of just beefing up the border because there's a huge fence there now and they find ways around it," Torres told us.
Like many others, Gutierrez is hoping lawmakers reform immigration soon, and that they might make other changes.
"Why shouldn't they be able to study here, you know, when they're going to be benefiting society?," Gutierrez asked.
'The Gang of 8' is expected to present their bill this week. Democratic leaders are hoping the Senate will vote on the new bill by the end of June.