Obama To Push Massive Amnesty Package
U.S President Barack Obama plans to force Republicans into swallowing a bitter pill of immigration reform in a comprehensive package that includes providing amnesty and a path towards citizenship for millions living illegally in the country.
Despite Republican wishes, the bill will not be broken up into smaller pieces that might make reluctant members of the GOP sign on.
The not-yet-introduced bill will include a direct path toward citizenship that carries “fines, the payment of back taxes and other hurdles for illegal immigrants who would obtain legal status,” officials told the New York Times.
It will also “impose nationwide verification of legal status for all newly hired workers; add visas to relieve backlogs and allow highly skilled immigrants to stay; and create some form of guest-worker program to bring in low-wage immigrants in the future,” the paper reports.
The broad-ranging bill is currently being worked on by a bi-partisan group of Senators led by Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsay Graham of North Carolina.
Republicans who have participated in the talks include John McCain of Arizona, who has supported comprehensive legislation in the past; Jeff Flake, also of Arizona, who is newly elected to the Senate; and Mike Lee of Utah. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida participated in one meeting last month.
Democrats in the meetings include Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado.
News of the immigration bill comes after prominent Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and talkers Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer and Mike Huckabee have all come out in favor of granting amnesty to illegals, notes the Southern Nationalist.
The plan is for President Obama to unveil details of the bill in his State of the Union address; Democrat Senators will then introduce the legislation in March, with hopes of a vote by August.