Behind the maneuvering over immigration, both parties look for advantage
The White House has floated a plan that would allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents of the United States, putting them on a path to eventual citizenship. Republicans aren't happy, but they're under pressure to back comprehensive immigration reform.
The White House floats an idea that would allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents of the United States, putting them on a path to eventual citizenship. GOP immigration point man and designated party Hispanic Sen. Marco Rubio swats it down as “dead on arrival.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough pushes back, saying (in essence), “Fine. If you don’t like it, then get your congressional colleagues to come up with a better idea.”Skip to next paragraph
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The White House draft plan (first reported by USA Today) would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents (“green card” holders) within eight years.
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“The plan also would provide for more security funding and requires business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years,” USA Today reported Saturday. “In addition, the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created ‘Lawful Prospective Immigrant’ visa, under the draft bill being written by the White House. If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.”
Senator Rubio is a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators working on immigration legislation. (The others are Democrats Michael Bennet of Colorado, Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona.)
Meanwhile, reports The Hill newspaper, “a secretive House group is said to be close to its own proposal.” This group is reported to include Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Xavier Becerra and Zoe Lofgren of California, and Republican Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, and John Carter and Sam Johnson of Texas.
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