Immigration reform: US senators craft bipartisan deal
A bipartisan group of US senators is to unveil later a comprehensive plan for reform of the immigration system.
The framework calls for a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, while while tightening border security.
The eight senators will promote their plan on Monday, a day before President Obama presents his own blueprint.
Correspondents say conservative Republicans' hard line on immigration has become an electoral liability.
In last November's elections, President Obama, a Democrat, won over 70% of the Hispanic vote.
However, the bipartisan group's plan could face stiff opposition in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives.
Many lawmakers there denounce a path to legalisation for undocumented immigrants as an "amnesty" for lawbreakers.
"There's a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle including, maybe more importantly, on the Republican side of the aisle, that we have to enact comprehensive immigration reform," Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said told ABC's This Week on Sunday.
"I think the time is right."
Sen McCain, who has in the past backed a pathway to citizenship against his party line, is among the group of senators who crafted the framework.
The group also includes New York Democrat Charles Schumer and Republican Marco Rubio of Florida. They will unveil their plan at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
In addition to a path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship, the proposal calls for measures to strengthen border security and to speed the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the US as children.
It will also include a system to track departures from the US of visitors on tourist, student and other temporary visas.
The senators hope to have legislation drafted by the end of March, the Washington Post reported.
President Obama is expected to lay out his own vision for immigration reform on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Previous efforts to overhaul the immigration system failed in the Senate in 2006 and 2007.
Undocumented immigrant's plea to Obama: 'Don't forget the dreamers'
Victor will be 21 years old next week. He is a 'dreamer'.
Victor was born in Mexico, and his parents brought him to Birmingham in the US state of Alabama when he was six. They entered illegally, however, so he does not have citizenship in the only country he has ever called home.
In December he got a work permit and a social security number under a scheme introduced by President Barack Obama. But that does not offer him a path to citizenship.
Victor had good grades in school but he cannot apply for student loans, nor can he afford to pay foreign-student fees for college. He cannot get a driving licence either. And he lives in fear his parents may be deported at any time.
As Mr Obama prepares for his inauguration, Victor says he hopes he delivers on his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform in his second term.
Produced for the BBC by Anna Bressanin; camera by Ilya Shnitser
I can not believe that Marco Rubio is for this! The only part that tells me why is the fact he is an immigrant but there it shows a personal affect on his decisions for it..not an impartial judgment. This whole thing is so screwed up and the American citizens will end up paying the bills!! This is so maddening!!
US senators to tackle immigration
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A group of Republican and Democratic senators have proposed to work together on a solution to America's immigration problem.
The framework calls for a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, while tightening border security.
Steve Kingstone reports.
We gotta be careful who we vote for. Personal interests such as this are too easy to get in the way of what is best.
I agree Sherry!! Rubio is one I do not think would make a good President anymore because of his interst in passing this bill!!
It comes down to more a personal reaction, instead of what is best for America. If he's letting heritage get in his way, and I guess one could see where he is coming from on that, but if it's getting in the way of having the courage to do what is best for our nation, it has no place in politics. Or is that is more important than what is best? I don't know. Either which way it is though, tells me he's not someone I could vote for 2016 now.
Jindal in Louisiana is wanting to end the Medicaide hospice funding. SL put up the topic in another group. He's not someone I will vote for either then. Talk of him running too.