A border security deal crafted by two Senate Republicans with the authors of the Senate immigration bill will be released soon, Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenThe Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom Overnight Finance: Trump strikes debt, spending deal with Dems | Deal shocks GOP | Fed’s No. 2 to resign | Trump keeps tax squeeze on red state Dems | House aims to pass budget next week MORE (R-N.D.) said Friday.

In an interview on Fox, Hoeven said the release of the legislation was being delayed by Democratic demands that illegal immigrants be allowed to receive certain government benefits while transitioning to legal status. 

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“Our focus on this bill is strengthening the border. But there are other issues going on as well,” Hoeven said in an interview with Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.) on Fox.

“For example, illegal immigrants in RPI status, this provisional status, don’t get benefits, and we’ve taken a tough line on that and we are getting pushback from the other side, and we are saying no. And so that is one of these items that is still being held up,” Hoeven said.

RPI refers to registered provisional immigrant status, something illegal immigrants could qualify for under the bill as they transition to possible citizenship.

However, Hoeven said he expected the debate would not prevent the border security language from being released soon, and a spokesman for the senator said other issues were close to being resolved. 

It’s possible Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) will file cloture Friday on the Corker-Hoeven language — and on the underlying immigration bill.

Reid wants to finish work on immigration by the end of next week, when the Senate will go on recess.

A number of Republicans have called for limits to be placed on benefits given to immigrants in provisional status. 

Hoeven and Corker on Thursday said they had reached a deal on their border security language being added to the bill. 

The measure would double the number of border control officers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border and also double the length of fencing along the border.

Hoeven and Corker have predicted the security enhancements will win significant support for the bill.

“Anyone who criticizes this bill because of border security, in my opinion, is just looking for a reason to criticize the bill,” Corker added in the interview.

A strong vote in the Senate would put more pressure on the House to act on immigration reform, Senate supporters of the bill argue. Many House Republicans have voiced opposition to the Senate bill, and it faces an unclear path in the lower chamber.

With the support of Corker and Hoeven, it is thought the Senate bill will be in striking distance of winning at least 70 votes.