Possible compromise on immigration reform takes shape
January 28th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
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Possible compromise on immigration reform takes shape

Washington (CNN) - Undocumented immigrants would be able to seek legal status without first going home under a compromise framework floated Monday by a bipartisan group of senators, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The outline for a possible immigration reform bill reflects a Republican willingness to compromise on what President Barack Obama calls a top priority of his second term.


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  1. RONALD777

    Why do they want to reward criminals who broke our laws?

    January 28, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. John Smith

    No citizenship - it was never "earned", not by a long shot. Possible path to legal residency if heavy fines, back taxes, and social degradation penalties are paid.

    January 28, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. MyOpion

    I think this looks promising, but to Steve's point, will the Laws really be inforced? The laws that are already on the books haven't been so what really makes us believe these new laws will be. Also I hope one of the requirements to become an American Citizen is that they learn and speak English since that is suppose to be our first language! I'm tired of feeling like I'm the immigrant in my own country.

    January 28, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Tom

    Another opportunity for the right-wing lunatics in the House to shoot their party in the foot. Anything with bipartisan support, I'm sure, will be ruled evil by the Tea Party.

    January 28, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    tet1953 wrote:

    I don't agree with the GOP on much, but immigration is one issue where I have agreed. Now it seems they are ready to cave in order to pander for votes. Anyone surprised?
    Most common prevailing opinion among conservatives is that illegals that have been living in this country for years should be deported. On the surface, I would tend to agree with you. But, I encourage you to take an honest look at reality,

    Just how exactly do you deport hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people? At what cost to detain these people until they are deported? Which country do you send them to? Will those coutnries even accept them? Did you iknow that many illegals in the US come from countries that have official birth records of their existence?

    Please, do yourself a favor. Jump of the right wing media's, paranoid, delusional merry-go-round. Jump off the hamster wheel, and climb out of the hamster cage. I guarantee that if you do that your head will spin a whole lot less.

    January 28, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    You Informed Senators are offering a plan for The Undocumated to become citizens. I understand there is about 8 million in the pipeline now workning to become citizens legally.

    A Suggestion: Develop a registration form to identify all illegal's. It will be as detailed as aay the Obama Care Law. Give all illegals one year to register and then Registations are closed. They can stay right where they are until they are 65 and then they have to leave. In that interem period they can apply for citizenship as it is being done now. They, the illegal's will pay for the registration. They will pay taxes as any citizen would except for Social Security as they won't be eldgiable as long as they aren't a citizen. After the year registration period anyone here illegally will be deported unceremonisly.

    January 28, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. tet1953

    People in favor of this keep going on television and telling us that a majority of Americans are in favor of it. Baloney. It does have a large group of supporters but it is certainly not a majority. I am so tired of being lied to from all sides about everything.

    January 28, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. plain&simple

    Work visas with yearly renewals,less complex permanent resident permits,better data banks, this is always going to be something to be delt with when you have such a wealthy nation. When Mexico pays It's workers more money,more will work closer to their families. America is still the land of opportunity....thank God.

    January 28, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    You can’t change Washington from inside TRUE, last November voters spoke loud and clear we got bipartisan support

    January 28, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. dmg2fun

    The best path to citizenship is obeying the immigration law. These criminals choose to enter America illegally and now are demanding citizenship.

    January 28, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. TJ

    Gee, Communist News Network doesn't allow "replying" to their liberal anti-American comrades here.

    Seems the ONLY way liberals can keep control of power (like good little Hitlers) is by allowing criminal aliens into our country and selling them citizenship. It IS the ONLY way you Dems got control, and can keep control.

    And guess what – that ain't American. That's just plain dirty. But then that's all liberals will ever be. Dirt.

    January 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Paul

    Amnesty. Again. We will never learn.

    January 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Case

    I think the this issue should be put up for a vote so all the legal citizens of the United States can have a say on this matter. Now the Republicans want to have this legislation passed because they need the Latino vote if they ever hope to win an election. A law is a law and if you are in this country illeaglly I don't believe you should be here at all. Let the people decide.

    January 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Charlie Daniels

    Excellently put DennyB – kick them out and get to the back of the line. The comment about coming to the US to help family back home is garbage. Not only are you taking jobs, but you are taking the money earned out of the US economy. How is allowing "a pathway to citizenship" going to help the economy and unemployment? The current laws are adequate – deport and get in line with everyone else.

    January 28, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    a nation built by immigrents who said even then there are too many boats coming in.
    Really doug? Who said that? And if you can find the quote did they say it after THEIR boat docked safely at Ellis Island?

    January 28, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Tim

    I notice most of the workers who do construction work around my area, most of the people who cook my food, clean my office, fix my car, stack the shelves at my local supermarket, are Mexicans. I have yet to see many born-and-bred trailer trash. Can we please bring in more Mexican workers and kick out the trailer trash?

    January 28, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Joe M.

    No way Obama lets this happen. He'll secretly kill it because he needs immigration to bash the GOP with the Hispanic vote.

    January 28, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. ted

    "We need immigration reform, not because it's the right thing to do, but because we need Latino votes"

    January 28, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Anonymous

    An up/down vote – referendum by the American people (and LEGAL green carders) to whether amnesty should be given !! Washington cringe at that suggestion because they know it would be NO. Its an insult to all citizens and future citizens who have waited patiently and followed the legal requirements. What amnesty says to the rest of the world is treat the US with contempt – they dont enforce or care about the law!!

    January 28, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. igor

    Let the latinos have a shot at the american dream good idea

    January 28, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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