Immigration reform came to the forefront of the American political realm this week, with several leaders putting forth plans that could lead to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States.
The first move this week was made by a group of Republican and Democratic senators Monday. The Associated Press reports that the group with their plan aims to first increase the country’s borders before laying down a path to citizenship.
President Barack Obama presented the highlights of his proposals on Tuesday. While both his and the senators’ plans call for establishment of a way to allow illegal immigrants to pursue citizenship, the president is not proposing tying the citizenship component to border security. An AP analysis of the proposals shows a few more differences between them.
A bipartisan group of six U.S. House members are also preparing a similar immigration proposal expected to include a way toward legal immigration status for illegal immigrants already in the country, the AP reports.
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