Bonnie Petrie and Mike Barajas

‘Path To Citizenship’ At Heart Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Plan

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A bipartisan group of eight senators is unveiling a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

Senator John McCain from Arizona says their proposals demand that border security is ramped up before major steps on citizenship are taken.


Meantime, the head of the AFL/CIO is questioning a proposal, that would require illegal immigrants to provide proof of employment before they can gain legal status. Richard trumka says it could exclude millions of workers who can’t provide proof, because they’ve been forced to work “off the clock” or they are independent contractors.

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The security situation along the southwest border is not perfect. There remain several areas, particularly in arizona, where people’s homes are being invaded and where drug smugglers are crossing property every night, and these citizens deserve the same level of security that all of us standing here have.

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveils a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship.  Senator Chuck Schumer says if the proposals pass the senate and the house, changes would go into effect immediately for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.


Meantime, the White House is praising an agreement on immigration reform reached by senators from both parties, calling it an important first step.

“On day one of our bill, the people here without status who are not criminals or security risks will be able to live and work here legally. That will make it easier for them to learn english, and integrate into their communities, without fear of deportation.”

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