U.S. senators outline immigration overhaul

by Alma Pronove

A group of eight U.S. senators outlined their plan to overhaul the immigration system Monday, according to The New York Times.

The deal is considered to be largely bipartisan as it hits on both Democratic and Republican demands, including a path toward eventual citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. and stronger border control.  

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the proposal could face serious opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Critics argue the language describing Republican priorities is rather vague.

The proposal outlines additional goals, such as fast-tracking immigration for those who have an advanced degree from an American university and creating an employment verification system to curb the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, told reporters that the senators’ plan mirrors President Obama’s immigration priorities, according to The Washington Post.  

The proposal is only four pages in length, which illustrates how many details have yet to be discussed and how much time may elapse before a comprehensive bill is authored.