WASHINGTON D.C. (WKOW) -- Shouting protestors aren't stopping lawmakers from moving a tough immigration enforcement bill forward.
A republican-controlled House committee approved the measure last night.
It would make being in the country illegally a federal crime instead of a civil offense. It would also give state and local leaders more power to enforce federal immigration laws.
Supporters say the bill is needed, while others call it dangerous and disappointing especially as the Senate considers another immigration bill that would open the door to millions.
Supporters of the bill in the Senate say a new report from the congressional budget office proves the bill would benefit the nation's economy. It shows the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by nearly $200 billion over a decade. That's because more citizens means more taxpayers.
The report shows the increased revenue more than offsets the cost of benefits for newly legal residents.