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We could be talking really big money to pay entitlements to immigrants if immigration reform goes through.
At least that's the argument of some Republicans despite language in the bill that would seem to make that unlikely.
Chief national correspondent Jim Angle looks at both sides tonight.
One of the big questions and immigration reform is how and when immigrants who begin a path to citizenship.
Qualify for federal benefits senator Marco Rubio one of the chief proponents of reform.
Argues the new bill as well as current law prohibited immigrant from -- -- benefits for years.
For those first ten years you don't qualify for any federal benefits.
And then under existing law your first five years of a green card you don't qualify for any federal benefits either suffer most people it's at least thirteen for many of them even longer.
In fact US law and the new immigration bill say those trying to gain citizenship are prohibited from applying for benefits -- if they do they get sent home.
Says that of your public charge you don't even qualify for renewal of that -- not temporary status that you're getting.
For the temporary status that people have to apply and qualify for it's not forever it's for six years.
Another Republican senator says while the law does say that no one can become a public charge -- it is not enforce.
That he's been totally ignored we finally got a response the site -- not one single person has been turned down.
Permanently on the fact did.
They have they've not been able to show they going to.
They can take care of themselves.
Senator sessions also argued that many immigrant who will be eligible for benefits much sooner than thirteen years including the so called dreamers.
Young people brought here by their parents.
Us two to three million that I hear.
He -- dream status will be able to have those benefits within five years.
And some ten to eleven million more after thirteen years.
Nevertheless senator rubio insists there will be checks at every stage of the.
Process can you go real quiet the six -- By the way you're not eligible for any public benefits at that point.
You have to prove that you're not a public charge senators engines and other critics though are unconvinced.
We respect -- job people who wanna come to America we believe that we should except immigrants.
Mono we've got to be realistic about that impact.
The argument continues but Texas Republican senator Ted -- is offering an amendment to end the dispute.
By proposing to let immigrants today but deny them from ever receiving any means tested benefits what we think of as welfare Brett.
Jim facts that bill gets marked up -- committee tomorrow and senators rubio and sessions.
We'll be here to break down the pros and cons.
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