Senators formally file immigration bill
April 17th, 2013
08:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Senators formally file immigration bill

(CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform.

The bill also would prevent undocumented immigrants from reaching full legal resident status until after the government takes steps to keep unauthorized workers from getting jobs in the United States, according to a summary released before the bill was filed.

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  1. Homer Simpson

    Never gonna happen, if a bill gets passed, it will be rendered useless by the time its acceptable by house.nothing new here

    April 17, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Tighten green cards. Nation needs. Lot of UNEMPLOYMENT in MEDICINE AND IT TOO. True.

    April 17, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. freedom

    CLOSE THE BORDERS ! We should have built a huge fence with guards after 9/11. Enough is enough. No other country in the world is this lenient. And it's come back to bite us.

    April 17, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Congratulations to the Gang of Eight. They have accomplished the most adult, responsible, and moral thing to do about immigration reform. It would be great if Democrats and Republicans can get together on compromised budget and tax reform bills. Perhaps this is too high a mountain to climb.

    April 17, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    First off, the border will never be secure enough for any pubber governor while there is a demmie in the White House, so this won't work unless they can establish some impartial measure of security. Second, the businesses that employ illegals are often owned and run by good, wealthy, white Christian Republicans. Prosecuting such people in the name of immigration enforcement is not going to be popular.

    On the other hand, if 90% of the currently illegal immigrants can be covered under a guest worker program it will reduce the number of people to be "rounded up and deported" to an almost manageable level. If the jobs of that 90% were then covered by standard labor laws, it would improve conditions for both the guest workers and the legal residents and citizens that the currently compete with.

    April 17, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. jpmichigan

    A great common sense Immigration Bill, now let see if the rest of Congress has the common sense to pass it!

    April 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    It sorta sounds like those that want to become citizens need to point their noses to the border and leave now. Most that have stolen SS Numbers will be deported anyway. Who is left that hasn't broken some law? How many will be eldegable to apply. Probably none.

    April 17, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Pete

    They show a picture of Ellis Island home base to many an old immigrent like some of my Irish forefathers,mothers and if you don't know it this national landmark is permanently being closed because it cost to much to fix it because of Sandy..Immigrents today are more apt to come in the back door so to speak but my relatives came in proud and true and faced many a hard ship immigrents today would not tolerate with racism being in the forefront..Immigration is just a fancy word because with money and legal advise anyone today can be legal and you immigrents out there know it!!Save Ellis Island a true American landmark !!

    April 17, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Larry L

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    It sorta sounds like those that want to become citizens need to point their noses to the border and leave now. Most that have stolen SS Numbers will be deported anyway. Who is left that hasn't broken some law? How many will be eldegable to apply. Probably none.
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    Unless you are 100% Native American your ancestors were immigrants. They too likely faced some hateful, xenophobic group of bigots who felt "your kind doesn't belong here".

    April 17, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. GI Joe

    SOS DD. Republicans go along, modify, for months and then BAN!!!!! NO.

    April 17, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Golly Gee Larry L,
    My ancesters were here before the Revloution.. And they paid their own way. I have no problem with the "Undocumented" eventually becoming Citizens but we have those silly Laws that are now in place. We also have this little problem with unemployment. And then there is the problem of all those "New Ctiizens" attaching themselves to the Welfare System. New Citizens are supposed to be able to "Hit the ground running" not apply for welfare as soon as they are sworn in. And Larry L, my ancesters had to Hit the ground running. There was no big Welfare System to take up the slack. But Aw So, soon many will again have to "Hit the groung running" as the Welfare System is about to collapse. Savvy ???

    April 17, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. GI Joe

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    It sorta sounds like those that want to become citizens need to point their noses to the border and leave now. Most that have stolen SS Numbers will be deported anyway. Who is left that hasn't broken some law? How many will be eldegable to apply. Probably none.
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    forgot to add that to show him the error in his spelling.

    April 17, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |