Gang of 8 Ready to Lift Lid on Sweeping Immigration Plan
Senators will file bipartisan legislation today
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2013 4:31 AM CDT
Updated Apr 16, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
Josue Benavides, 28, center, who is originally from El Salvador, poses for a portrait with his cousins fter attending the "Rally for Citizenship," in support of immigration reform last week.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The biggest overhaul of American immigration laws in decades will be filed today, though the bipartisan group of eight senators who crafted it have canceled a scheduled press conference because of the Boston Marathon bombing. The bill provides a 13-year path to US citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, but only after steps have been taken to boost border security, reports the New York Times, which notes that the legislation is certain to spark months of intense debate.

The pathway to citizenship lies at the heart of the bill, but it also includes guest worker programs for low-income jobs and farm labor, new verification measures for companies hiring new workers, and measures to clear the huge backlog of people who have applied to come to the US legally, the Los Angeles Times reports. Two members of the Gang of Eight, Sens. Chuck Schumer and John McCain, will meet with President Obama today about the plan, titled the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013," sources tell Politico.

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jigga.wut
Apr 17, 2013 12:25 AM CDT
LOL, yes.. sure.. all undocumented immigrants are "criminals." A criminal, in my opinion, is a title reserved for a person who does evil, and there is nothing evil about crossing an imaginary line. Why spend your life suffering while there are opportunities abroad? Save up your money for a coyote and cross the imaginary line. YOLO!
dmauk
Apr 16, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
We've been thru this before, and the laws weren't upheld then. Whenever states and companies have tried, Obama has sued them for enforcing the law saying only the feds can do it, and yet the feds don't do it. All this has accomplished is 11 million illegals thumbing their nose at our laws, and will tell the rest of their families, just hang in there and you'll be legal too. Makes me hopping mad because if I cross Mexico illegally, I land in jail. All this does is create me more paperwork and if I choose to not hire, then the illegal can sue me for discrimination. And its hogwash that there aren't Americans who will work low paying jobs. Our legislatures have said young people under a certain age can't work at except under extreme guidelines, and whenever the illegals have been sent home, americans flock to the very job (and yes price goes up when labor tightens) that the nay sayers say won't. It would be a lot easier if we just moved the border south to Belize and call it good. Then we'd have tons of gold, a lot more oil and a lot smaller border to patrol. Heck, why not move it right down to the panama canal which we built and gave away.
DougMasters
Apr 16, 2013 10:11 AM CDT
I was listening to the radio on some specifics on the language for the bill being proposed. It really sounded a lot more like a pain in keister for the immigrants here already than I thought it was gonna sound. But I haven't been able to verify any of that by actually reading it. I have been diggin. So far it just seems like it's going to be a pain for the immigrants more than it's going to help. I am down with better scrutiny over immigration but if we have people here already what's the point in making it so god awful difficult? Here is an article that sums up what I heard. I do wonder how true these claims are.. "http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/citizenship-now/albor-ruiz-much-touted-immigration-reform-bill-disappointment-article-1.1314521" It just seems so far what is being talked about is difficult for the sake of being difficult, not smart for the sake of being smart.