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Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases Immigration Reform Plan

Friday, February 1, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of eight Senators unveiled a major immigration reform plan this week.  In  a joint news conference,  the  senators released a statement of principles for reform that includes legalization of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants if they pay back taxes and a fine.   Full citizenship, under their framework, would not be available until the border is secured and new and improved employment verification systems become available.  The principles also state that the government must ensure that legal immigrants cannot overstay their visas.


President Obama in media interviewers said he would push to get a bill passed in the first half of the year.   "I can guarantee that I will put everything I've got behind it," Obama told Spanish language TV Network Telemundo.   "We're putting our shoulder to the wheel."  The eight lawmakers behind the principles include Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ)  and Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ) Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). 

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