WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic senators said Sunday they were ready to announce the outline of a broad immigration reform bill that would include a path to “earned legalization” for immigrants living illegally in this country.
“We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been working on the immigration proposal. “We cannot forever have children who were born here, who were brought here by their parents when they were small children, to live in the shadows as well.”
McCain and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), appearing on ABC’s This Week, said a bipartisan group of six senators has made significant progress on a comprehensive package of immigration reforms and that the basic principles would be announced this week.
President Obama is also expected to unveil his immigration reform plans in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
“I’m cautiously optimistic. I see the right spirit,” Menendez said. “Very clearly, having a pathway to earned legalization is an essential element.”