Senate votes to debate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill

June 11th, 2013 | by Tatiana Sanchez | Comments

Marco Rubio, Charles Schumer, Richard Trumka, John McCain, Robert Menendez, Lindsey Graham, Dick DurbinThe Senate voted Tuesday to officially allow debate on an immigration bill proposed by the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight.”

The 844 page bill sets a 13-year plan to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The plan would also tighten border security and form a guest worker program for low and high-skilled immigrant laborers.

The Senate is expected to review the legislation in the next few weeks, with the hope of a final vote by July 4.

Also on Tuesday, President Barack Obama urged Congress to hand him an immigration bill by fall.  

“Over the past two decades, our immigration system hasn’t kept pace with changing times and hasn’t matched up with our most cherished values.,” he said, surrounded by law enforcement, clergy, immigration advocates and business leaders. at the White House.

“Right now, our immigration system has no credible way of dealing with the 11 million men and women who are in this country illegally.  And, yes, they broke the rules; they didn’t wait their turn.  They shouldn’t be let off easy.  They shouldn’t be allowed to game the system.  But at the same time, the vast majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble.  They’re just looking to provide for their families, contribute to their communities.”

Obama said there is “no reason” Congress can’t have a bill on his desk by the end of the summer.

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