A major immigration bill is headed to the House floor after clearing a final hurdle Tuesday. The measure --dubbed the RECLAIM NC Act -- grants driving permits to people who didn't enter the country legally. But it also allows law enforcement to detain those suspected of being here illegally.
The legislation could come to the House floor as early as next week.
In testimony at the House Finance Committee, the debate split along interesting lines. A number of groups that advocate for immigrants spoke against the reach of the legislation, saying the complications of getting driving permits isn't worth the hassle. And anti-illegal immigration organizations condemned the bill's Republican sponsors for granting driving privileges.