Immigration Policy [POLL]
This week, it's all about immigration for those in Washington. Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators announced an outline for a new immigration policy. The group included Senator Marco Rubio, a potential Presidential contender for 2016. According to FOX News, the plan does call for a path for citizenship but also strengthening the border.
According to documents released early Monday, the senators will call for accomplishing four main goals:
--Creating a path to citizenship for the estimated illegal immigrants already in the U.S., contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.
--Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.
--Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.
--Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn't recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.
The principles being released Monday are outlined on just over four pages, leaving plenty of details left to fill in.
A Senate aide tells Fox News the group's principles say important security triggers must be met before a pathway for citizenship is created for illegal immigrants. Even then, the principles explicitly state that illegal immigrants must go to the back of the line behind would-be legal immigrants, and they will not be eligible for federal benefits while in the temporary legal status.
Critics have already voiced their opinion, but not everyone is against this plan. At least, not yet. Details and actual legislation has to be put together and that is still going to take some time. What do you think about this? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.