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Senators, including Marco Rubio, reach deal on outline of immigration reform



A bipartisan group of senators, including Florida's Marco Rubio, has reached a deal on the outlines of immigration reform, which includes a "tough but fair" path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented residents.

The "principles" are to be announced in a news conference Monday afternoon (here is a PDF) and come a day before President Obama travels to Las Vegas for a speech on immigration.

Details still need to be fleshed out, which could be a lengthy and contentious process, but the framework is built on four pillars:

1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required.

2. Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families.

3. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers.

4. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation's workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 12:22pm]


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