A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a framework for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a conditional path to citizenship, according to a Senate aide.
A memo provided to National Journal shows that the group's plan includes reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of a strong employment verification system, and an improved process for admitting future workers. The plan will be announced Monday, an aide said.
The group that has signed onto the document includes four Democrats and four Republicans: Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. They represent a mix of lawmakers who have worked on the issue for many years and newer faces.
Behind-the-scenes discussions have been taking place with different iterations of the group since the November elections. They had planned to release their principles by Feb. 1, but the accelerated deadline means they will go public ahead of a speech by President Obama in Las Vegas on Tuesday that will address immigration reform. They hope to have a bill by the end of March.