Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on immigration deal
Updated: Monday, April 15 2013, 10:03 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold its first hearing on a bipartisan immigration deal on Wednesday.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio made five television appearances on Sunday in a big push for the legislation.
He says his new proposal will not offer amnesty to people who entered the country illegally.
Rubio says it would require people to pass a rigorous background check, pay fines and application fees to receive a permit that allows them to work, travel and pay taxes.
"There are 11 million human beings in this country today that are undocumented. That's not something that anyone is happy about," said Rubio.
The proposal is expected to create a 13 year pathway to citizenship.
Undocumented workers would not be eligible for citizenship until the border is considered secure.