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

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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's about time something be done on immigration. I'm glad to see this bipartisanship. But Congress isn't perfect. The house will find a way to screw this up.

    January 28, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that," McCain added.
    You think our vote should be yours?!? WTH are you talking about Willis?
    What have you done to earn our vote except have your top "dog", Mittens, threaten us with self-deportation, and refer to our language as the language of the ghetto?
    "Our vote should be yours". You've got some nerve McShame.
    Note to CNN: I remember this "tip-toeing thorugh the tulips" picture from a couple of years ago. Don't you have another picture of the wall that Dubya almost built? LOL!

    January 28, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Dennyb

    New plan MUST start off with Mass deportation with anchor babies so they pay for their 1st crimes. Then they can get in the back of the line to come back.. Legally If they qualify no criminal history, needed college acquired skill, may never apply for welfare for anyone in any way. Get a drivers license, insurance. Ah ya all get the idea.

    January 28, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that," McCain added.
    The votes should belong to Republicans? I'm not too surprised to hear one say something like that.

    The aura conservatives have of some sort of "manifest entitlement" I find to be rather distasteful. Arrogance would be too strong a word because it conveys a degree negativity and some conciousness and awareness of the attitude. I'm talking about something mroe instinctive, something which only comes closer to the surface as their emotions become elevated. It is not something that only surfaces when their emotions are running high on issues. It defines everything about them, though.

    For example, there is a distinctive difference between a rich conservative and a rich liberal. The wealthy, conservative minded individual will feel that his wealth is an entitlement, which has been earned through hard work. Contrast that with the wealthy, liberal minded individual who would feel that through their wealth that they have been blessed far beyond what they deserve.

    January 28, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. Randy thompson

    We com to the USA to work so we can halp family back home so i think wat the president is doin is gd . We com hair becaes we love the USA .

    January 28, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Sam

    Wow, how the Immigration issue has changed. Republicans got defeated 2 times because of their agenda against immigration and now want it resolved. G. Bush tried to pass an immigration bill and McCain and other Republicans defeated it. Now they are for it. Even with the State of AZ and John McCain against Hispanics in the state, he now wants a bill passed. Times have changed when it comes to losing votes.

    January 28, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Matt in KY

    Can't believe you cleared the previous comments. I figured nothing would win Latino voters over quicker (for Dems) than 100 extremist republicans calling Mexicans "farm slaves", "Fast food employees"... I even read the "if we took a bus load of unemployed black men to a farm" joke. Sadly, leadership is attempting to play ball...the base hasn't figured out they have an image/policy issue that's going to keep losing elections.

    January 28, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. mm

    Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) district is heavily trending hispanic now. At some point that area will be turning blue.

    January 28, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. plain&simple

    So both sides get together on something the polls say the American people say they want. Somehow I don't think that's the ONLY thing that the American people overwhelmingly say they want.....

    January 28, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. nytw

    WE, THE PEOPLE, will remembers the RINOs that are committing treason against the United States of America.

    January 28, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Alan

    The GOP are scrambling to put one in the win column so now their attitude changes. They have spent the last four years obstructing and tearing down anything that would support minorities, women, and the middle class. Don't trust them

    January 28, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Marty, FL

    Good to hear. Work together and get it done.

    January 28, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. njreb1863

    I'm disgusted. So ONCE AGAIN our elected officials have sold out the American people for votes. As a CONSERVTIVE Republican, it means absolutely nothing to me if Republicans regain the White House and Congress if they've essentially caved to an illegal minority. They are only concerned about being re-elected. They live in their gated communities surrounded by their security details and don't have to live among the illegal trash crossing the borders and driving down our standard of living and bleeding our economy dry.

    January 28, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. tet1953

    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?

    January 28, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Penny Wright

    We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal...

    January 28, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. John

    Agreed with the plan EXCEPT for attaching green cards to advanced degrees. There are many people with advanced degrees that are underemployed or unemployed. Why would we encourage people from other countries to come here and take a job making lower wages, which is what they are willing to do......STUPID provision.

    January 28, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. steve

    It looks like the officers are dancing along the boarder in the pic.

    January 28, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Phyllis

    We need to do something, but illegals here now should not get full citizenship and the right to vote and health care. They should get a legal status like a guest worker who can come and go as they please for the rest of their lives. Don't reward people who snuck in!

    Two other things we need: mandatory e-Verify for employers and eliminating the anchor baby rule (we are only one of two countries that has this policy, which encourage baby tourism).

    January 28, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. CosmicC

    Prediction: Will pass the Senate with 75-80% support from both parties. Will fail on party lines in the House.

    January 28, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. ST

    As much as am fond of Immigration issue be tackled, BUT I do think the Senate is lacking how to prioritise things. Why can't they finish guns issue first and jump onto immigration? Gun control is the most pressing issue and am afraid, if they do not take any action as soon as they can, there might be (god forbid) another major disaster happening and end up in regretting, of which will not help anyone.

    January 28, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. Paul

    How many times has immigration reform been tried and failed? Making a bunch of illegals citizens does not somehow prevent another group of illegals from coming, if no effort is made to secure the border and validate employees. Until those are done, do not just give away citizenship. And, in case Washington hasn't noticed, there is a lot of unemployment in the US. Some areas, yes, US citizens seem unwilling to do the work. Other areas, citizens would jump at the work. There needs to be a way of making sure US citizens will not do a job before bringing in a foreigner to do it. Maybe require that the employer pay extra, say, up to 50% more in salary to the Government. This should not be a way to just pay a foreigner less and leave citizens unemployed.

    January 28, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. tarura

    Break the law and you'll be awarded. Only in America !

    January 28, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. ShrimpCitySlim

    Only in the United States can you break the law, march and demand rights, use social and health services you don't pay for, bankrupt hospitals, have anchor babies so you can suck off the system and all the corrupt politicians who just want you votes, cave in. Let's review what would happen if these ILLEGALS, and yes they are breaking the law, tried these tactics in another country, say Russia or China. Ha, there wouldn't be a border securtiy issue. What a slap in the face for all the Legal immigrants who followed the system. The United States is quickly declining and warp speed thanks to the president, congress and the senate.

    January 28, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. allens

    i have no idea what was asked in the pole showing the majority of americans approved of it. i know almost everyone i know is against just saying o.k., we know you broke a very important law, but heck, just stay and we will make you legal. with employment as bad as it is, why would you even think about it? i know this is being done for political reasons, but think about us just once in your political career, just 1 time

    January 28, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Al

    I am all for cleaning up the bureaucratic morass of the legal immigration system that encourages foreigners to decide it is easier to sneak into our country, as well as making it harder to actually sneak in. But I still don't understand why those who snuck in get priority over those who are patiently waiting in other countries for legal visas.

    January 28, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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