Senators Propose Comprehensive Changes to Immigration Policy with Pathway to Citizenship

The Washington Post is reporting that Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the United States.

Schumer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Graham have resumed talks on immigration policy that broke off two years ago and “have put together a comprehensive detailed blueprint on immigration reform” that has “the real potential for bipartisan support based on the theory that most Americans are for legal immigration, but very much against illegal immigration.”

Both senators said the overhaul would include developing a secure document to assure employers they’re hiring people authorized to work in the country, and allowing legal immigration for needed workers at all skill levels. The path to citizenship would require immigrants to learn English, go to the back of the citizenship line, have a job, and not commit crimes.

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