Yesterday, according to several sources familiar with the drafts of the legislation, a bipartisan group of Senators has for the most part agreed on a broad immigration bill that would implement stricter border regulations to enforced before illegal immigrants could take preliminary steps to become American citizens.
Sources say that the bill does not impose any specific measurements of border
enforcement; results that if not met would stop the immigration from proceeding
towards citizenship. As an alternative, the bill would permit a period of 10 years for
the Department of Homeland Security to make plans and utilize resources necessary
to enforce border security around the country before it sets more border hurdles
that could upset the immigrants progress toward citizenship if its not achieved.
For the first 10 years after passage, the bill sets goals for border security authorities.
The goals include, continuous border surveillance of 100 percent of the U.S. borders,
and for increasing workplace and visa enforcement measures.
The bill extends $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security officials to meet
these goals during the first five years with the opportunity for additional money.
Also, the bill would provide for “triggers” during the first 10 years that would allow
Congress at certain points to verify that enforcement goals are being met.
“As drafted, the legislation would provide as much as $3.5 billion for the
Department of Homeland Security to set up a five-year border security plan.
Officials must present the plan within six months, and no immigrants can gain any
provisional legal status until the plan is in place. It would include a program to finish
any border fencing that border agents deem necessary.”
While the Gang of Eight Senators continues to work through the issues of the
immigration plan, a vast group of Latinos, labor unions, and other advocates rally
around the steps of the Capitol. The group asks for Congress to move quickly
and request that a direct path to citizenship is offered to all 11 million illegal
“Anything less than citizenship undermines American democracy,” Gustavo Torres,
the executive director of CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy group, told the
group at the steps of the Capitol.
The Senators compromise benefits the objectives of both Republican and
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