U.S. legislators promise move on immigration
by Erica Werner, Associated Press
January 28, 2013 10:50 AM | 1356 views | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Newseum in Washington in October 2011. In an opinion piece published Jan. 27 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rubio wrote that the existing system amounts to "de facto amnesty," and he called for "commonsense reform."<br>The Associate Press
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Newseum in Washington in October 2011. In an opinion piece published Jan. 27 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rubio wrote that the existing system amounts to "de facto amnesty," and he called for "commonsense reform."
The Associate Press
WASHINGTON — Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

The senators acknowledged pitfalls that have doomed such efforts in the past, but they suggested that November’s elections — with Hispanics voting heavily for President Barack Obama and other Democrats — could make this time different.

Passage of the emotionally charged legislation by the Democratic-controlled Senate is far from assured, and a taller hurdle could come later in the House, which is dominated by conservative Republicans who’ve shown little interest in immigration overhaul. Obama will lay out his own proposals Tuesday, most of which mirror the Senate plans.

Besides the citizenship provision, including new qualifications, the Senate measure would increase border security, allow more temporary workers to stay and crack down on employers who would hire illegal immigrants. The plans are still short on detail, and all the senators conceded that months of tedious and politically treacherous negotiations lie ahead.

But with a re-elected Obama pledging his commitment, the lawmakers argued that six years after the last sustained congressional effort at an immigration overhaul came up short in the Senate, chances for approval this year are much better.

“Other bipartisan groups of senators have stood in the same spot before, trumpeting similar proposals,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) “But we believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done. The politics on this issue have been turned upside down,” Schumer said, arguing that polls show more support than ever for immigration changes and political risk in opposing it.

“Elections. Elections,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “The Republican Party is losing the support of our Hispanic citizens. And we realize that there are many issues on which we think we are in agreement with our Hispanic citizens, but this is a pre-eminent issue with those citizens.”
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Gordo Meis
January 29, 2013
King knows that amnesty simply rewards illegal immigration and creates more of it. Maybe if you work hard and learn to think, you can get there too.
I agree
January 29, 2013
I agree with "change Constitution". We need to change some of these laws, they are ruining us! It is ridiculous, for instance, to let someone run over the border, have a baby, and grant citizenship to the infant. Misuse of our laws has to be stopped, and the border has to be controlled.
January 28, 2013
Immigration reform, huh? Is that not the lofty goal of the Dustin Inman Society? D.A. King will be elated, right?

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

No, no, I think he would lose his Inman gig if immigration were fixed. I figure that is the last thing he would want!
Lib in Cobb
January 28, 2013
DA King is not going to like this. More reason for him to scream at the passing cars.
Change constitution
January 28, 2013
The constitution needs to be changed. Just because you are born here shouldn't equate to being a citizen. One parent should have to be legal. In addition, they shouldn't be able to come across the border to attend US schools. Every day in California they come by the hundreds across the border, go to school, and return in the afternoon. They HAVE to change the tax code to a Fair Tax in order that EVERYONE pays into the system. Illegals are killing our schools
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