The U.S. may be inching its way toward comprehensive immigration reform.
President Obama is expected to endorse a set of proposals worked out by a bi-partisan group of senators.
The plan would create a path to citizenship for 11-million illegal immigrants but only after the borders are secured.
Undocumented workers would be able to stay after they register with the government, pass a background check, pay fines and back taxes and learn English.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says he supports the proposals because it would take families out of the shadows.
Conservative opponents say the plan amounts to nothing more than amnesty.
Republicans and democrats in the house are said to be working on an immigration bill.
They may release their proposals as early as this week.