Senators Near Deal on Immigration Reform
Bipartisan group includes Rubio, Schumer: Washington Post
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2013 6:51 AM CST
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in the small bipartisan group working on a deal.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Comprehensive immigration reform has been stuck in limbo for years, but President Obama's domination of the ever-growing Latino vote last fall seems to have changed that, reports the Washington Post. It says a group of six senators from both parties—including Florida's Marco Rubio—is close to the broad strokes of a deal. Among other things, it would "normalize" the status of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the country and allow those without criminal records to get work permits.

“It’s time to move forward on this," says John McCain, another member of the group. Tougher border control and stricter employee ID checks also are expected, but the Post says it's not clear whether the group will tackle the toughest problem—whether to let illegals pursue full citizenship, and, if so, how to go about it. (For example, should immigrants who came here illegally go to the back of the line behind those who followed the rules?) If all goes well, the measure could clear the Senate by summer, and bipartisan support should give it a better chance in the House.

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right2dave
Jan 27, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Obama had four years to work on this he wait til all the Mexicans vote.
Twiny
Jan 26, 2013 11:30 AM CST
Ten to one the House GOP will dismiss any deal the Senate comes up with out of hand. Why? Because it had that filthy word associated with it. What word am I talking about? 'Bipartisan.' The Teabaggers will never go for that. Why? Because they're STUPID!
ApolitickalExtremist
Jan 26, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Yes let's reward criminal behavior, I bet the immigrants who came here legally will be very happy to know they spent all that cash and waited in the line for nothing, just to have these bums come and get a free treat for breaking the rules. This entire society is sick, twisted and backwards thinking. You only want the Mexicans here so you can exploit them for votes, you people are sick, you can fool yourself with this good hearted bullshit, it's about power and you know it.