It may just be a framework, but the bipartisan immigration-reform plan isn't all broad-strokes proposals.
The most detailed part of the plan, offered up by a group of eight senators, carves out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Here's what that could entail:
1. Creating stronger borders. Under the plan, creating a path to citizenship is contingent on strengthening border protections using "the latest technology, infrastructure, and personnel." That would be achieved by:
- Increasing the number of unmanned drones along the border.
- Increasing the number of border-patrol agents.
- Improving tracking of whether visitors on temporary visas have left the country as required.
- Creating a commission of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders from the Southwest to weigh in on implementation of these security measures.
2. Registering with the government. As those border protections are put in place, undocumented immigrants could register with the government to begin becoming citizens. To get "probationary" status, which would let them live and work legally in the U.S., undocumented immigrants would have to commit to:
- Passing a background check.
- Paying a fine and back taxes.
- Getting no access to federal public benefits until granted full citizenship.