Senate introduces new push for immigration reform

A new push for immigration reform was introduced in the Senate Monday and puts millions on a path to citizenship.

This easier path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants isn’t a sure thing but what it does show is that President Obama’s second term goal of immigration reform is getting noticed on Capitol Hill.

The plan, introduced by both Democrats and Republicans today, including senators John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida has four main objectives.

First, it provides a tough but fair path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States, after bolstering border security.

Second, is will give green cards to immigrants with advanced degrees in science, technology, math and engineering.

Third it will set  up an employment verification system that holds employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers.

Lastly, the plan aims to create a guest worker program for jobs that Americans are either unable or unwilling to do.

“We have a broken immigration system, 11million living in limbo,” said Illinois State Senator Dick Durbin.  “This statement of values is a good starting point to long-term approach that’s fair.”
“Today’s an important first step.   The issue of immigration is not a simple one.  (This is a )tremendous service to our country and to its future,” said Rubio.

Conservative leaders voiced their opposition to what they called an Obama-amnesty.

“When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. “By granting amnesty, the Senate proposal actually compounds the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration.”

But this afternoon in Chicago, 133 new U.S. citizens took their oath of citizenship.   Many spent years getting to this point and news of a potential compromise in Washington is welcomed.
Michelle Schaps who moved from Thailand 5 years ago said “We’ve been living here for so long I don’t know why it’s so difficult for people of the country to become US citizens.  It’s very difficult.”

 

What may prove more difficult is getting any support from conservative Republicans in congress. Utah Senator Mike Lee said the policy “will grant special benefits to illegal immigrants,” while activist group, the Minuteman Project likened it to amnesty.

“We’ve been hearing this for years. As a matter of fact we can go all the way back to 1985 with Reagan’s amnesty, it was the same thing.  Pay your fine, you get to stay and no more illegal immigration. It’s been more than 20 years and look what’s happened,” said Rick Biesada of Illinois Minuteman Project.

7 comments

  • So real

    Yes, i would love to see how quickly all those jobs are filled. All the cooks and wait staff in restaurants, all the housekeeping crews in the hotels, all the minimum wage and long hours that most americans would never consider filling.

  • jenni david

    ust before I saw the draft for $6897, I accept that…my… neighbour was actually earning money part time on their laptop.. there friend brother has done this for only 12 months and resantly paid the depts on there mini mansion and bourt a great Mercedes-Benz S-class. I went here, ……… BIT40.ℂOM

  • guest

    I would like to see american womens cleaning there houses all by themselfs and american mans building there houses for cheep money:)

  • guest

    I do not think this is right -give them a license to drive after being here for so long-what about the hard working person that has been paying for their insurance to drive if I get into a accident with them -since they cannot purchase it-I feel that they need to pay up-I am sick and tried of laying out money for these people –
    I work hard and still having problems paying my bills-
    pay up all the money in your insurance to drive that you should have been paying -the secretary of state can look up people on the computer to make sure that this is being done-or the insurance companies could send notice to the secretary of state if they drop there policy-

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