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House to vote on competing immigration bills

Moderate and conservative Republicans have been battling over immigration laws, building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, and what protections Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were young children—should get.

The House is set to vote on two rival immigration bills next week as an effort to resolve an ongoing debate between fellow Republicans.

Moderate and conservative Republicans have been battling over immigration laws, building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, and what protections Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were young children—should get.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan just announced that next week the House will vote on two bills aimed at resolving all of the issues surrounding the border fence.

Reuters reports that both of the bills are aimed at protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.

One would provide temporary protections for Dreamers, while imposing tough new limits on legal immigration, and strengthening border security.

The other, which has not been finalized yet, would offer an eventual path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Right now, Reuters, The Washington Post, and The Texas Tribune report it’s not clear if either bill will gain enough support to pass.

The leader of the moderate Republicans told Reuters that they will keep pressing for their goals if the bills don’t satisfy them.

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