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White House: Immigration proposal only a backup

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Republicans are accusing the president of playing politics for quietly putting together an immigration plan behind lawmakers' backs.

The immigration proposal was leaked to the press over the weekend.

It would allow some illegal immigrants to become permanent residents within eight years, boost funding for border security, and require businesses to know the immigration status of their workers.

But the president's new chief of staff says the draft is only a backup, if Congress can't reach a deal.

Republicans say they are successfully working with Democrats towards a bi-partisan deal. And the leaked White House proposal threatens to derail that process.

Republican Marco Rubio, one of the senators working on a plan, says the White House draft would be dead on arrival in Congress.

Democrats on the hill insist the president is committed to working with lawmakers.

But the president has warned that if Congress doesn't reach a deal, he will deliver his own bill and demand a vote.

The President has said he wants Congress to have a bill ready to vote on next month.

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