January 28, 2013
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and seven Republican and Democratic colleagues will officially release what they say is a “tough but fair” immigration-reform plan Monday that could give a pathway to citizenship, tighten border security and increase guest-worker permits.
The five-page plan from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” contains most of the key concepts Rubio touted over the past month, winning support from conservative commentators. The senators, still working on the ever-important specifics, want to draft legislation by March and vote on it by August.
The most-controversial proposal: giving a pathway to residency — and even citizenship — to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the United States.