Senators unveil plan to overhaul immigration

chronicle-of-higher-ed[1]The proposal would benefit students who are in the U.S. illegally and foreign graduates of American colleges


A bipartisan group of senators announced on Monday a plan that would ease the path to citizenship for students who are in the United States illegally and would make it easier for some foreign graduates of American universities to remain in the country to work.

The plan, outlined in a document titled a “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” deals with border security, employment verification, and legalization alike. Its release comes a day before President Obama is scheduled to offer his own immigration plan at a speech in Las Vegas.

The eight senators who agreed on the plan, dubbed the “Gang of Eight,” comprise equal numbers of Democrats (Michael F. Bennet of Colorado, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Charles E. Schumer of New York) and Republicans (Jeff L. Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, and Marco Rubio of Florida).

The senators’ deal, as outlined in the document, would allow illegal immigrants to apply for legal status but would grant them green cards only after every other individual who was waiting for such a card received one. But the plan would create a faster process for students who were brought to the country as children, a group known as “Dreamers,” after a long-stalled bill to grant them citizenship. 

From an article by Kelly Field in the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the entire article here.

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