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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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Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

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Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

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Mr. Obama’s immigration stutter-step

(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Facing a political firestorm, the president delays. He’d be better off rethinking entirely.

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In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered (COMMENTARY)

In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States this summer.

Obama plans to go ‘as far as he can’ on immigration before year’s end, lawmakers say

That’s according to lawmakers briefed by the White House chief of staff on Thursday.

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Back to school _ even in Texas immigration prison

(Eric Gay / Associated Press)

In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third- and fourth-graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice.

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D.C. area immigrant advocates denounce Obama inaction

(Jose Luis Magana / AP)

Thousands will be deported because Obama has postponed executive action, they say.

 

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