Jan 28, 2013
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has agreed on principles for the most comprehensive attempt to revamp immigration laws since former President George W. Bush’s failed effort in 2007, Senate aides said.
The plan, to be announced in Washington today at 2:30 p.m., embraces a long-fought challenge of U.S. immigration politics presented by Republicans opposing past efforts: a path to citizenship for some of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The agreement includes provisions for border security, workplace verification and the future flow of immigrants while offering an avenue to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the U.S., according to Senate aides familiar with a framework proposing a permanent overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. They requested anonymity in disclosing the proposal before the formal announcement.
The plan follows a defeat in the 2012 presidential election that has compelled Republicans to seek ways to make inroads with Latino voters, a rapidly growing voting bloc that helped President Barack Obama win re-election in November. Any legislation would face a fight before passage.