Democrats Circulate Immigration Plan

Democratic senators are circulating a preliminary draft of immigration reform--but key Republicans say they haven't seen it, and that the proposal is essentially a partisan ploy.

CongressDaily's Chris Strohm and Dan Friedman report that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, along with Sens. Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez, are circulating a 26-page draft proposal, which contains, as they put it "grandiose proposals and promises of action on security initiatives that have been stalled for years." Looking cynically at the politics of it, the bill would appear to give Democrats the opportunity to attack Republicans for rejecting a proposal that involves border-security measures they have publicly supported. Looking at things more optimistically, it could serve as the starting point for discussion. Hearing what GOP senators told  CongressDaily, it doesn't sound like the GOP thinks this will for the basis for anything substantive.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the only Republican who had been working with Dems on immigration, says he hasn't seen it; same goes for Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.