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Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

4 years 5 months 6 days ago Monday, November 10 2014 Nov 10, 2014 November 10, 2014 12:45 PM November 10, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Erica Werner

WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal immigration.

It would build on work already done by Congress, including a House bill aimed at ensuring that 90 percent of would-be border crossers are stopped.

Johnson outlined his plans in an interview even as President Barack Obama prepares to take executive action to curb deportations for potentially millions of people now here illegally.

Obama's plans are emerging as a major point of conflict with congressional Republicans who made big gains in last week's midterm elections. Johnson says Obama shouldn't act.

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