Everything You Need To Know About The Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework

Written by Rebecca Leber

One day before President Obama kicks off his push for immigration reform in Las Vegas, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced their own deal. In a press conference on Monday, Sens. John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Marco Rubio (FL), Jeff Flake (AZ), Chuck Schumer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL), Robert Menendez (NJ), and Michael Bennet (CO) will unveil a set of principles that will guide legislation introduced in the Senate.

The principles lay out a “a tough but fair path to citizenship” for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. that will be “contingent upon securing our borders” and “tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required.” DREAMers and seasonal agriculture industry workers would be given a faster path to citizenship, according to the agreement.

A commission of border state governors and other officials will “monitor the progress of security our border” and make a recommendation for when when the bill’s security measures are met. Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants would register with the government and begin the process of background checks and paying a fine and back taxes to earn probationary legal status. But they would not be able to apply for permanent residency — and eventual citizenship — without meeting additional requirements and unless all border enforcement measures have been met. Undocumented immigrants will receive a green card only “after every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card” obtains one.

Yesterday, many of these senators took to Sunday shows to explain the necessity that reform include a road map for legal status.

“We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status,” McCain said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We cannot forever have children who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well.”

Citizenship for the nation’s millions of undocumented immigrants also has strong backing from the public. Multiple polls that show a growing majority of Americans support a path to citizenship.

The bipartisan framework also includes provisions that reward green cards to immigrations who have earned Masters or PhDs in “science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university,” a new employment verification system that holds “employers accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented workers,” and would provide businesses “with the ability to hire lower skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Scott haakon
Scott haakon3 years ago

I cannot back any amnesty program. This bill does not seem to do that. I do see that the borders need to be tightened. For the people living in those areas it must be very worrying. But I do think we should do what other countries have done in regards to language requirements,and employability.
Canada has language requirements that the US needs to adopt. There is a big difference between visiting and emigrating.

Phyl M.
Pho M3 years ago

obama wants to give all illegals amnesty. Boo to that. These 12 million or more ILLEGALS are taking money from us true American citizens. Illegals SNEAK into this country & are allowed to stay here, go to school, get FREE money & work. Illegals are ILLEGALLY here in America. Should get NOTHING. They don't want to be American taxpaying citizens...just free loaders!

Liliana G.
Liliana Garcia3 years ago

To those who might have an interest in reading about the following: The war waged between USA and Mexico (1840's) is called the Mexican-American War and should be distinguished from the Spanish-American War waged by Spain and USA in 1898. I'm sure the UNAM has good references on their side of the story on former one and might even have some of them translated to English.

John B.
John B3 years ago

Thanks for providing Ms. Leber's article. Great information we all need to have.

Liliana G.
Liliana Garcia3 years ago

This is complex. Maybe there are sore feelings BUT reading about the "Spanish- American War" from documents and books written by the losing side could help widen the perspective and change some of the feelings. Just saying. The truth will set all of us free... Just saying.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L3 years ago

I am for the Dream Act; I am not for legalizing the rest of illegals who have broken our laws to come here and stay here. We did amnesty once with President Reagan and for that we got 11+ million illegals today. This is suppose to be a melting pot so I say Mexico's citizens and China's citizens have reach their quota for many years to come. It is now time to make room for others that want to come here legally.

Lorraine P.
Lorraine Pappas3 years ago

and business are the one who will profit from low wages, no benefits and less unions.

Lorraine P.
Lorraine Pappas3 years ago

John McCain made it pretty clear the only reason republicans are do this is because they do not stand a chance in hell of get a President elected without the Mexican vote. So, I guess you can call this a bipartisan effort, but truth is the republicans are not going to do anything that they do not profit from now or in the future.

J.L. A.
JL A3 years ago

Thank you for helping get the information out to more people so they understand it is a bipartisan effort and that all agree on these basic principles to set the foundation for future discussions using facts.

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick3 years ago

I would like to know why, if this nation is supposed to be a "melting pot" and supposed to provide equal rights and equal opportunity for all, why we have allowed 12 million Mexicans to invade our country both legally and illegally while we ration out the numbers of other nationalities allowed to immigrate to this country.

Shouldn't we wait until we have allowed 12 million French, 12 million German, 12 million Italian, 12 million Turkish.... and so on to immigrate to this country before we think of amnesty? Why are we only giving preferential treatment to Spanish speaking immigrants? Is it fair to limit the numbers of other nationalities coming here; many of them professionals who speak English fluently as a second language and have much more to contribute?

Personally, I find it racist to give preferential treatment to one group only while expecting Europeans, Eastern Europeans, Asians and others to file papers and wait their turns to come here in limited numbers. We didn't fight the Spanish-American War just to ultimately turn this country into Nuevo Espagna.