Group of bipartisan senators unveils immigration bill
Will new plan get approval?
- Duration 2:52
- Date Jan 28, 2013
Will new plan get approval?
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Good evening I'm right there almost everyone in Washington agrees the immigration system is broken and needs fix it.
But forget the small print no one could even agree on the major points.
Now that may be changing.
Chief political correspondent Carl Cameron tells us tonight about a proposal that might actually have a chance.
A day before the president unveils its immigration reform plan in Las Vegas a bipartisan group of senators laid down their framework on the controversial issue.
We do not want immigration as a wedge issue.
Much rather we want a bipartisan bill that solves the problem.
And becomes law.
For Democrats joined for Republicans including Arizona Senator John McCain a top GOP advocate for immigration reform for years.
And influential freshman Florida senator Marco Rubio -- of Cuban descent.
-- -- live surrounded by immigrants my neighbors are immigrants.
My family's immigrants married into a family of immigrants -- most Americans I recognize how critical and immigration system that works.
Has been for our heritage as it is for history for our futures.
This losing the support of our Hispanics -- the -- And we realize -- that.
There are many issues -- which we think we were in agreement with our Hispanic citizens but this is a preeminent issue.
-- those citizens.
The candidates framework includes a path to citizenship for the eleven million immigrants here illegally.
Contingent first on verifiably securing the border.
Reducing the number of visa overstays and the plan includes a guest worker program for lower skilled jobs and green cards for immigrants -- advance degrees senate democratic majority leader Harry Reid jumped aboard.
But please don't do everything in my power as majority leader to get a bill across the finish line.
Current illegal immigrants would have to pass background checks pay fines and taxes should be allowed to stay legally while they apply for green cards and eventual citizenship.
The latest Fox News poll shows 66% favor a path to citizenship.
17% say illegal immigrants should be deported.
13% support a guest worker program but only for a limited time a path to citizenship has been stalled in congress for years amid criticism that comments like this make it sound like amnesty.
When the bill passes.
People who are here living in the shadows would get a B a a legal right to stay here and work.
They would no longer be deported provided they don't have a criminal -- President Obama was chastised by members of both parties for not pushing immigration reform in his first term.
There is growing support for it now but it's not going to be easy as lawmakers appear love to say.
The devil's always in the details and the debate and discussion of those is now just beginning right Carl Cameron up on the hill Carl thanks.