The House passed the bill by an unrecorded voice vote after brief debate. Both Democrats and Republicans agree on tougher security on the border but they are deeply divided over a more comprehensive approach to the illegal immigration issue.
The bill would offset the costs by raising fees on foreign-based personnel companies that use U.S. visa programs to bring skilled workers to the United States. These include the popular H-1B visa program. India says higher fees would discriminate against its companies and workers.
Final passage is unlikely to happen until after Congress's summer recess.
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