Jan 29 2013, 12:40pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
At a Monday news conference, four Democrats and four Republicans, unveiled an outline of goals for developing comprehensive immigration reform. There are many questions as to the final details such a reform package will include, but the senators said they hope to move the reform bill through the legislative process expeditiously.
Any reform package passed will impact about 11 million illegal immigrants, giving many the chance to become legal citizens of the country. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, New York, said they hoped to get the bill passed in late spring or early summer.
To make the reform package more palatable to lawmakers, it would contain enhancements to existing security strategies developed to stem the tide of illegal aliens entering the country. It would also require that people in the U.S., on temporary visas, be required to return to their country of origin after the visas expire.
“If for some reason we fail in our efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, I do believe it will be many years before anyone is willing to try and solve this problem,” said South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carne,y said Monday during an afternoon press briefing that President Barack Obama “welcomes the efforts by the bipartisan group in the Senate to put forward principles on the need for comprehensive immigration reform -- principles that mirror the President’s blueprint, which, as you know, he has been pressing for some time … The President believes it is very important that we move forward on comprehensive immigration reform. It’s the right thing to do for the country, for our economy. It’s the right thing to do out of fairness to the middle class to make sure that everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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