8 Senators Push Deal to Give 11M Path to Citizenship
Bipartisan offering would enact sweeping immigration overhaul
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:40 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has given the plan his support.    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – A group of eight key senators has crafted a sweeping immigration overhaul deal that offers a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Under an outline of the bipartisan plan seen by Politico, the deal tackles immigration reform in a comprehensive measure that opens the pathway to citizenship only after implementing stricter border control measures (ie, more agents and drones) and moves to ensure visitors leave the country when their visas are up. The process for illegal immigrants would be two-step:

  • First, obtain probationary legal status by registering, submitting to a background check, paying a fine, and settling back taxes.
  • Then achieve permanent residency after completing requirements like learning English and undergoing a deeper background check.

The group of senators includes Democrats Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and Republicans John McCain and Marco Rubio. "Look at the last election," McCain said yesterday. "We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours." The senators' plan will be unveiled today, a day before President Obama sets out his own proposal for immigration reform. His plan is expected to offer a faster path to citizenship that, unlike the senators' plan, is not dependent on the Mexican border being declared secure, the New York Times reports.

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Jan 29, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Quit saying that we are all illegal immigrants. If you really believe that then you must also believe that the U.S. isn't a country either and the constitution doesn't exist. These people broke the law. Its just that simple. If this bill is passed, the government is telling the entire country that breaking the law should be rewarded. It will teach our children that there won't be consequences for their actions.
Jan 29, 2013 11:50 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: A MOST fair Immigration Reform for the illegal aliens is to legalize the illegal alien students who are grew up in U.S. to grant a F-1 Student Visa, and their illegal parents will grant a F-2 taxable visa (allowed to work) from the F-1 student visa. Each school will provide an I-20 form, let the illegal students to go to US Immigration Department to apply the F-1 Student Visa "WITHOUT" leaving the U.S. border; or using a I-94 form with its (Latino) country Passport to leave U.S. and return to US to continue the F-1 Student Visa renewal EACH YEAR. That's what 2014 Texas Governor RICK PERRY and PERRY's 2016 Presidency can accept and afford a legal Immigration Reform nationwide.
Jan 28, 2013 6:43 PM CST
Oh--look at that handsome Marco Rubio who is proof that the Republican Party LOVES HISPANICS AND WANTS TO FIX OUR IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS!!! Pay no attention to their track record!!!