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Senators unveil immigration reform plan — Jan. 28, 2013

A bipartisan group of senators outlined a sweeping proposal, on Jan. 28, 2013, to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, saying the time has come to fix what they called “our broken immigration system.”

In a joint news conference, five of the eight senators introducing the plan portrayed it as an effort to resolve not only the plight of millions of illegal immigrants living in the shadows of society but to modernize and streamline the legal immigration system.

“We have a long way to go, but this bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). He said the Senate could pass the bill by late spring or summer.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) vowed that the overhaul would not repeat “the mistakes of 1986,” when he said an amnesty program legalized millions of illegal immigrants but created conditions for the illegal entry of many millions more.

The other members of the eight who presented the proposal are Democrats Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Michael F. Bennet (Colo.) and Republicans Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.).

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Farm worker faces No. 2 Republican for House seat

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Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House’s No. 2 Republican: “While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America’s food?”

 

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