Senators may revive immigration proposal
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, R-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are revisiting a comprehensive immigration plan they dropped two years ago.
Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Two senators are revisiting a comprehensive immigration plan that they dropped two years ago.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., "are talking to our colleagues about this right now, and I think we have a darn good chance, using this blueprint, to get something done this year."
Immigration reform has received renewed focus since the election, in which President Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote.
"First of all, close the border," Schumer said. "Second, make sure that there is a non-forgeable document so that employers can tell who is legal and who is illegal. And once they hire someone illegally, throw the book at them. ... Third ... let in the people we need, whether they be engineers from our universities ... or people to pick the crops. And fourth, a path to citizenship that's fair, which says you have to learn English, you have to go to the back of the line, you've got to have a job and you can't commit crimes."
Information in this article, originally published Nov. 11, 2012, was corrected Nov. 12, 2012. A previous version of this story misstated Sen. Charles Schumer's political affiliation. He is a Democrat.