Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Eight senators from both political parties revealed on Monday a compromise plan to legalize most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
The plan of John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is hoped to become the basis of a bill on reforming the immigration law of the country.
The senators’ proposal include allowing most undocumented immigrants with no criminal records to obtain probationary legal status immediately by paying a fine and back taxes and passing a background check. Once legal, they could work and live in the U.S. and earn a green card or permanent residency.
Another proposal is a strict and long process to get a citizenship, which comes with the right to vote and have medical benefits and pension. There are also additional border security, a new program to help employers verify the legal status of their employees and more-stringent checks to prevent immigrants from overstaying visas.
The kinds of illegal immigrants favored to quickly get a citizenship are also identified under the plan. Among them are minors and agricultural laborers. Visa quota will be increased for high-tech workers while obtaining green cards will be eased for those who pursue graduate education in certain fields in the United States.
Backlogs in the family and employment visa categories will be reduced.