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Republicans and Democrats “Ready for Broad Immigration Reform”

January 27, 2013

On the Sunday talk shows, members of Congress indicated that broad-based immigration reform proposals are imminent.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Republican and Democratic senators said Sunday they were ready to announce the outline of a broad immigration reform bill that would include a path to “earned legalization” for immigrants living illegally in this country.

“We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been working on the immigration proposal. “We cannot forever have children who were born here, who were brought here by their parents when they were small children, to live in the shadows as well.”

McCain and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), appearing on ABC’s This Week, said a bipartisan group of six senators has made significant progress on a comprehensive package of immigration reforms and that the basic principles would be announced this week.

President Obama is also expected to unveil his immigration reform plans in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

From Fox News Latino:

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, both Republicans and Democrats, were  cautiously optimistic Sunday that an overhaul of the nation’s immigration  system, including a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented  immigrants currently in the country, will clear Congress this year.

“We are trying to work our way through some very difficult issues,” said  Illinois’ Sen. Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

“But, we are committed to a comprehensive approach to finally, in this  country, have an immigration law we can live with. We have virtually been going  maybe 25 years without a clear statement about immigration policy. That’s  unacceptable in this nation of immigrants.”

Sen. Robert Menendez, who along with Durbin and Sen. John McCain, is part of  the six-member, bipartisan Senate group working on a framework for immigration  legislation to be announced this week, said current politics dictate that a  pathway for citizenship must be included.

“Let’s be very clear: having a pathway to earned legalization is an essential  element. And I think that we are largely moving in that direction as an  agreement,” said Menendez, D-N.J.

But the package “will have the enhancement of the border security,” he said,  nodding to Republicans’ priority to tighten borders to prevent future  undocumented immigration.

From the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch:

The principles of a comprehensive plan will be coming in days ahead, Sen. John McCain told ABC’s “This Week program, with the Arizona Republican saying members of his party should think twice before objecting to creating a road map to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that,” McCain said.

“Having a pathway to earned legalization is an essential element. And I think that we are largely moving in that direction as an agreement,” Sen. Robert Menendez said on the ABC show. The New Jersey Democrat, along with Durbin and McCain, is part of a six-member, bipartisan Senate group working to come up with an outline for immigration legislation.

In a commentary piece published online Sunday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sen. Marco Rubio, wrote “significant progress” on enforcing immigration laws must come before illegal [immigrants] now in the United States are allowed to apply for citizenship and “get in the back of the line.”

Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he supports the position outlined by Rubio, a Florida Republican, and son of Cuban immigrants who is also a member of the bipartisan group.

Senator Marco Rubio’s editorial can be found in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.



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