Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham recently agreed to resume their previous discussions on immigration reform that were discontinued two years ago. Graham announced that he plans to partake in bipartisan talks to overhaul the current U.S. immigration policy, according to Bloomberg News.
After President Obama noted the “promising framework” in Schumer and Graham’s 2010 proposal, experts believe the two will be able to help federal officials and agencies bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans to build a new comprehensive immigration program in the United States.
The senators propose a path to U.S. citizenship with four main components: creating high-tech Social Security cards that prevent fraud to ensure illegal workers are unable to find jobs; strengthening security at various U.S. borders and ports of entry to enforce immigration laws; devising a new process for allowing temporary workers to enter the country; and implementing a path to legal status for those immigrants who are already living illegally in the United States.
Graham and Schumer’s proposed overhaul would start by securing the borders and making it more difficult for U.S. companies to hire illegal immigrants. The legislation would then create an immigrant guest worker program and require these individuals to pay certain taxes and fees to gain legal status. With the new program, it could take well over a decade for those seeking citizenship to obtain a green card, the source reported.
“This issue has been around far too long,” John Boehner, House Speaker, told Bloomberg News. “A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the President, myself and others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”
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