Both the president’s plan and the bipartisan Senate blueprint proposals have legalization with a roadmap to citizenship in common. The process will not be automatic, and, in fact, will be very rigorous, including background checks and fines. While the details differ, and have yet to be hammered out, the fact that both proposals coincide in this area is tremendously significant and acknowledges where the American public stands on the issue.
There will surely be loud detractors, many of whom still subscribe to the fantasy of self-deportation. But the majority of Americans want to see immigrants get right with the law, pledge allegiance to this country and help build its future. There are enough members of Congress who understand the moral, economic and political imperatives of getting this done.