Senators offer bipartisan plan for immigration reform
What does new plan entail?
- Duration 5:42
- Date Jan 28, 2013
What does new plan entail?
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First everyone millions of illegal aliens could soon have a new path to citizenship it's part of a new bipartisan plan.
For immigration reform.
Welcome to a brand new hour of happening now Jamie Colby filling in today for generally nice to have -- here Jamie I'm John Scott.
-- key senators Democrats and Republicans hammering out a major compromise on immigration reform.
The news conference announcing the proposal set to get under way this afternoon on Capitol Hill President Obama will be announcing his own plan tomorrow in Las Vegas.
Let's talk about -- -- -- the anchor of special report so you've got these two plans one from this bipartisan group in the senate.
One to come from the president are they a lot different do we know Brett.
We actually don't know we don't know what the president is coming forward with yet but we do have the framework of this bipartisan plan.
From senators up on Capitol Hill and essentially.
It is a little bit more forceful than what we saw come out.
Enforcement of the border for -- first it requires.
But it also says that there has to be enforcement of workplace.
A enforcement to make sure that illegal aliens cannot.
Be in the workplace.
There has to be an ID system set up and it also make sure that the border security is verified.
Before anything can move forward with that pathway to citizenship.
The thing that is confusing for some folks is that there is this probationary.
Legal framework so eventually.
You get to this status with the eleven million plus people who are in the country illegally.
Get to this for status this legal status they are here and then they get to the back of the line and apply for citizenship.
But they are still here they don't have to go home to their home country as they are applying for citizenship.
It also has stipulations for kids who came from parents and they were born here in the country.
There are a number of different things in this proposed legislation a lot of it has to be ironed out on Capitol Hill but it is the biggest move towards possibly.
Moving forward to a compromise.
Piece of legislation on immigration.
You know Marco Rubio -- Florida senator a Republican is on board apparently his participation.
Would have to be seen is critical to get Republican support right.
Let's true Marco Rubio you have Lindsey Graham Senator McCain just put up the the full screen there the the other issue is that you see the polls changing and you saw the Fox News poll out today.
Of those polled said that they would be in favor of a pathway to citizenship if if those people.
We went over some hurdles in other words if there was security along the border if they agreed to study English.
And they were up.
Fluent in English and if they also paid some back taxes.
This this probationary legal framework that they would have.
While they were applying for citizenship.
They would not be getting federal.
Benefits that would not be.
Accessing Obama care they would not get health care.
They would not get federal government subsidies.
During that time as they are applying for their citizenship so.
These are things that are all going to be -- -- it on Capitol Hill the question is how much opposition will there be.
It considering that Republicans.
At look at the political landscape that has changed and I mean Mitt Romney lost 71%.
In the Latino vote.
In November and that is a big demographic shift towards the Democrats and Republicans are looking -- that.
I also remember when Ronald Reagan signed the immigration reform act of 1986 that was supposed to end.
The illegal immigration problem once and for all and you know here we are with eleven or so million.
Illegal aliens back in this country it is there the feeling that this could fix it once and for all.
I think there's skeptics on on both sides of the I'll I do think that the focus on security along the border.
Is being first and that was tried in 2007 you'll remember by president George W.
Bush and Senator McCain frankly.
And that focused first is really what this piece of legislation is trying to do.
But it's also tougher down the road.
On a number of different.
That hurdles that he would you have to get over in order to qualify.
To move forward.
I think the real question here is how house Republicans.
Will accept or not accept this piece of legislation and the other question is how the president plays this tomorrow in Nevada with his speech.
If it is moving forward to solving this big issue that's one thing if it becomes.
Another one of the political speeches that.
We have seen.
Before this opposition has set up you could inflame some of the opposition that has yet to form.
In the house Republicans and we could see the same kind of fight.
That we've seen many times before.
Yeah it's going to be fascinating to see what what his proposal is tomorrow and what he how he reacts to this a proposal in the senate I'm sure he'll be talking about a tonight on special report.
Brett Baer thank you.