Menendez Signs On to Immigration Reform Plan

U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez of New Jersey has put his support behind a bipartisan proposal that will ensure a pathway to legal status for 11 million illegal immigrants.

Eight senior U.S. senators have come up with a bipartisan immigration reform plan, reported Politico.com early Monday morning, that they plan to unveil later today.

NJ Sen. Robert Menendez (D), a longtime advocate for changes in immigration law, is on the panel of eight senators from both parties who came up with the sweeping changes.

The plan, Politico said, will overhaul the current immigration system as well as provide an alternate route to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

The blueprint is "most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007," Politico said.

The senators' proposal would only come into play after stricter enforcement measures were enacted to ensure American employers were hiring workers here legally.

The plan includes a different gateway for citizenship for adults who were brought here illegally as children, and for agricultural workers, Politico said. The preliminary details also hints that illegals will not be able to "jump the line" ahead of immigrants who have patiently waited their turn to immigrate to the United States.

Menendez, a Democratic senator who is slated to become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by fellow Democrats Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Michael Bennet. The Republicans who supported the immigration reform proposal are Sens. John McCain, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, Politico said.

Smitty January 31, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I don't understand the argument back and fourth. Majority of the Politicians from both parties are lying pieces of garbage out for their own self interest. They are hypocrites...They say one thing and vote another way. More than half the people on here don't really check how all these politicians vote. They go by the b.s lines they speak.
Smitty January 31, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Smitty January 31, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Really? What politicians do you trust?
Mrgrumpass January 31, 2013 at 06:07 PM
This non-biodegradable pond slime is proving to be almost as criminal as the Governor who appointed him to the Senate! Go figure!
Samantha McCall February 02, 2013 at 01:40 AM
BW....you are absolutely right, why should anchor babies become automatic citizens. The truth is, the illegals know this, and use it. These children also collect public assistance, how is this fair? Change the whole system..........that would work.


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