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. Vitaly

    I 100% disagree with giving anybody who crossed the border illegally any chance at citizenship, adults or children. Part of the price you pay for being here illegally. I do not have an issue with being allowed Legal Resident Alien status.

    January 28, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Boo

    "Bi-partisan plan?????!!!!" Did hell freeze over?

    January 28, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. idb

    The plan is amazingly stupid. Legalizing the illegals presently here will only draw more of them wanting the same treatment. Amnesty does not and cannot work. On top of that Americans don't support this kind of measure. The only proper way of dealing with this issue is by cracking down on those that employ and support illegals, since they are the real criminals.

    January 28, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Rich

    Fix it now and fast. The time is NOW, Act fast

    January 28, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Michael

    All of these politicans should be ashamed of themselves, why has it taken so long to do this? Because they are more concerned with the next election and NOT the next generation. Take money OUT of politics and we'll actually see reps with true courage and imagination to go forward, "term limits, donations capped, and a requirement to live in your district or state when Congress is not in session". Make it about people again and not corporations or BIG money donors and the United States can explode with jobs, educational opportunity and R&D and the like to rival any great century.

    January 28, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Pete/Ark

    I am sometimes amazed by the dichotomy of pushing Americans to gain advanced degrees in science and technology ...spending billions on the educational process...and then granting special visas to foreign nationals who work for lower wages, letting our citizens waste the education in unrelated positions or on unemployment. I "get" the "dirty jobs Americans won't do" issue...but why do we give away the "good jobs Ameicans want" ?

    January 28, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. wolfpackbob

    Now the only thing undone is the dance to be sure their respective parties get the credit for the Latino vote. If it passes the Republican House, watch President Obama and both parties take out MAJOR television commercials. This has always been twisted and manipulated into a political issue rather than a national issue. Everthing in DC is twisted and spun. That is the Washington Two-Step at its finest.

    January 28, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Dan

    This is not the time for CIR. CIR should be done in stages with more focus on illegal immigration. Legal immigration is going fine. ECONOMY FIRST, SECOND ILLEGAGL immigration, Gun control ...etc etc.

    January 28, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Dave

    "We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours..."

    McCain seriously thinks Hispanics "should" vote for a party with a substantial number of members who HATE anyone with dark skin? "Hey, they may think I'm subhuman, but at least they say they want to cut my taxes!" Ridiculous.

    January 28, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. doug

    a nation built by immigrents who said even then there are too many boats coming in.

    January 28, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. hih

    it is about time they did something bi partisan

    January 28, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Eric21

    What ever is decided then we need to "Close the damn boarders"

    End of story

    January 28, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Joe Schnoor

    Why re-invent the wheel? There's already a path to citizenship: they just need to go back home and apply for green card like every law abiding immigrants.

    No matter how you spin it, it's rewarding those who broke the law while spitting on the face of those who obey the law!

    January 28, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. The Right Left

    GOP will still not get theri votes. As long as the GOP panders to the extreme rigthwing, evangelical crowd, they will get a Rubio here and there. Most Latinos, Asians, Blacks and women will steer clear of this party.

    January 28, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. wolfpackbob

    On Sunday, Menendez told ABC’s “This Week” that the time was right for pushing major immigration reform through the Senate. "First of all, Americans support it in poll after poll," he said. "Secondly, Latino voters expect it. Thirdly, Democrats want it. And fourth, Republicans need it." The spin has begun already for who is going to get the credit for the Latino vote. If the Democrats WANTED it, why did not President Obama (as he campaigned and promised) and the Democrats DO IT when they had total control of all three branches of government and a Super Majority in the Senate for two years in 2009-2010? It can be strongly argued that the Democrats also NEEDED it as a wedge issue for the 2012 elections. Another inconvenient truth. That is why we all are sick of this self-serving political CLASS. If they really want to incite class-warfare between Americans , we should take a page from their playbook and practice class-warfare against them.

    January 28, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Tom

    If the tea party, aka the stupid party, tries to obstruct this bipartisan immigration reform they should be laughed out of the U.S,A.

    January 28, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Steve

    We have been paying hard earned tax dollar for decades to enforce these LAWS that have been on file for decades. Now they will outline??? Where are the real leaders? This is juvenile .

    January 28, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    The real question is whether Speaker Boehner can get Tea Party/anit-immigrant bullies in his Republican caucus to vote for the bill or will Democrats have to come to his rescue again?

    January 28, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. ironman59

    Despite all of this compromise, cooperation, etc when it gets to the House the teasters will block it all. Simple reason is they want a totally white, totally "right" country. Despite that a Senator from a state directly impacted is a core part of the legislation.

    We will again have gridlock & worst of all business will still continue to skate penalty free with illegal workers.

    January 28, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Fedup

    Did they honest say sign up for federal benefits when we cannot support what we have now on federal benefits. How about you need to show the ability of having a tax paying job so you can be a part of the solution instead of the problem. Most of the plan is okay. Creating a guest worker program for positions that Americans are either unable or unwilling to fill. Unwilling needs to go away. If you are truely unable fine

    January 28, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    Why do we pretend to have borders and immigration laws if they mean so little?

    Twice before our government has granted amnesty to those who flaunt our laws and cross our borders illegally or else come here legally and overstay the visa restrictions, permanently. Each time we said this will be the last time.

    Conservatives want to close the borders, which is a good idea, but they never mention the cost, or want to raise taxes to pay for it. And still, half of the "non-documented" came here legally but didn't leave.

    As usual, our politicians are selling out our country for a few more votes.

    January 28, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Not the droid you're looking for

    Lots of comments about how it's so wrong to let people live here. Amazingly enough, all from people who are decendents of those who came and took the land by force from its original inhabitants.

    January 28, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. chatmandu002

    OK, change the rules for the illegals immigrants, if you change the rules for us. No welfare, English as the official language, no birthright citizenship for babies born to illegals and no chain migration.

    January 28, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. mm

    Simple, in Lindsey Graham's case, his district is heavily trending Hispanic. He has got to do at least ONE thing to get their support during his term.

    While at the same time, I'm very surprised that he excluded himself from the Hilary Clinton witch hunt the other day. Maybe he does have more sense than John McCain and Rand Paul.

    January 28, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Penny Wright

    We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal
    Yeah. Some of us are still "laughing" about that line.

    January 28, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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