(CNN) - A months-in-the-making immigration reform bill that bolsters border security while creating a path to citizenship can break Washington's losing streak for passing large, meaningful legislation, its creators said at an unveiling event Thursday.
The latest attempt at comprehensive immigration reform is the product of 24 meetings among the bipartisan "Gang of 8," whose members said Thursday they were confident they could convince their Senate collegues to join them in support of the measure.
Washington (CNN) – Opponents of a bipartisan Senate effort to reform the nation's immigration policies calculate that dragging out debate by offering so-called "poison pill" amendments designed to tank support and stoking conservative ire on the airwaves will derail the proposal.
It is a strategy that stymied the immigration overhaul efforts of 2007.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, in the works for months, faced delays this week as lawmakers and President Barack Obama shifted focus to the bomb attack in Boston.
But the measure, which was formally filed for consideration in the Senate early Wednesday, already faces blowback from some opponents of immigration reform, who argue Monday's attack - which was committed by a yet unknown perpetrator – should be cause for reconsidering any reform making it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship.
(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.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Following meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, two of the lead senators on a bipartisan effort to introduce immigration reform expressed confidence about their bill.
"We're feeling very good about this. Things are moving in a very, very good way and the president's support of our proposal, even though he wouldn't fully agree with it, is sort of just the right place to be," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told reporters at the White House.
(CNN) - As Congress tries to reach consensus on how to deal with border security and immigration reform, a new national poll indicates that more than eight in 10 Americans support an eventual pathway to citizenship for some undocumented workers.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey, 84% of the public backs a program that would allow undocumented workers to stay in the United States and apply for citizenship if they have been in the country for several years, have a job, and pay back taxes.
(CNN) – The border with Mexico must be secure.
This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A bipartisan proposal to revamp U.S. immigration policies will contain three policy steps that must be accomplished before undocumented workers can apply for legal status, an architect of the measure said on Sunday.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said the "triggers" embedded in a legislative proposal to be unveiled this week are necessary to ensure workable reforms that discourage immigrants from coming to the United States illegally.
Washington (CNN) - Any undocumented immigrant who entered the country after December 31, 2011, will not be eligible for citizenship under terms of the immigration deal set to be unveiled Tuesday by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators, a Senate aide told CNN on Saturday.
Specifics of the program included in the legislation were among the details the eight senators - four Republicans and four Democrats - needed to iron out. Sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN this week the sweeping measure was on track to be unveiled Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators crafting a deal on comprehensive immigration reform, having reached an agreement on all of the major issues, is set to unveil its plan on Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
While some small details still need to be ironed out, negotiators were able to find common ground on one of the last significant hurdles - wages and visas for undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed on Friday.FULL STORY