http://news.yahoo.com/senate-republi...172644474.htmlRepublican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake met with key House conservatives this week to promote legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration laws and provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, McCain's communications director said Friday.
McCain, R-Ariz.; Graham, R-S.C.; and Flake, R-Ariz., are members of a bipartisan group of eight senators working to craft a comprehensive immigration bill to enhance border security, streamline legal immigration, ensure employers don't hire illegal immigrants and provide eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants already here.
Earlier in the week:
http://news.yahoo.com/senator-mccain-upbeat-immigration-reform-outlook-233753965.htmlSenator John McCain on Tuesday predicted that efforts to craft a wide-ranging, bipartisan immigration reform bill would come together promptly in the Senate, which could eliminate the need for President Barack Obama to propose his own measure.
The Arizona Republican lawmaker, who is one of the negotiators on a bipartisan measure, emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama upbeat about prospects in Congress.
"We are committed to trying to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and I think we will ... in a reasonable time frame," McCain told reporters after returning to Capitol Hill.
Obama has warned that if immigration reform efforts faltered in Congress, he would put forth a legislative proposal.
A group of eight Senate Democrats and Republicans, including McCain, floated the outlines of a broad immigration bill recently. The measure aims to set firm targets for determining whether the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico is secure enough to begin putting some of the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States on a path to citizenship.
The group hopes to finish writing the details of a bill next month so the full Senate can debate such a measure by June or July.
McCain, asked whether he was confident that Obama would support efforts in Congress, responded: "I believe that the president is very committed to comprehensive immigration reform," even though his support might not extend to every element senators are drafting.
Article on what one of the GOP politicians involved is proposing, to save space im only going to quote the hangup from liberals:
http://news.yahoo.com/immigration-re...181300968.htmlFor liberals in Congress, however, the absence of a specific pathway to citizenship for the undocumented risks creating a permanent group of "second-class citizens" who shoulder many of the responsibilities of citizenship but have none of the political rights, as Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) of Illinois, a key immigration negotiator, argues frequently.
As a practical matter, they say, putting as many as 10 million people into a system that currently admits 1 million per year will lead to years upon years of waiting.