Looks like we have movement on immigration reform a lot sooner than many anticipated. And wouldn’t you know it, Rubio is front and center.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the eight senators, called the new proposal a “major breakthrough” and said he hopes to turn it into legislation by March — with the goal of passing something out of the Senate “by late spring or summer.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., standing beside him, claimed 2013 is the “best chance” lawmakers will have to tackle immigration for years. […]
The eight senators who unveiled the new principles are Democrats Schumer, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans McCain, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
So what does their plan outline? Here are details so far…
–Creating a path to citizenship for the estimated illegal immigrants already in the U.S., contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.
–Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.
–Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.
–Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.
All in all, this is good news. If this many GOP Senators can get behind it, the GOPers in the House are going have a hard time saying no. Yes, there will plenty that do…but enough to defeat it? Doubtful.
More as it develops…