Today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) published their immigration blueprint in a Washington Post editorial—acknowledging that our immigration system has been broken for far too long and that the time for change is now.
“Our plan has four pillars: requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs; fulfilling and strengthening our commitments on border security and interior enforcement; creating a process for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a tough but fair path to legalization for those already here.”
Shortly after their blueprint was published, President Obama issued a statement pledging his support moving forward on immigration reform:
“I am pleased to see that Senators Schumer and Graham have produced a promising, bipartisan framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward. It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the system.
My Administration will be consulting further with the Senators on the details of their proposal, but a critical next step will be to translate their framework into a legislative proposal, and for Congress to act at the earliest possible opportunity.”