Senators hopeful of comprehensive immigration reform by summer


"This is a first step in what will continue to be difficult but achievable," Senator John McCain said.

However, he cautioned that the country should not repeat the mistakes of 1986 when the US gave amnesty to three million people, promised the border world be secure, and now it is dealing with 11 million people residing here illegally.

"I see the negatives that illegal immigration has been for our country and the problems that it causes. And the reality of it is these are issues that the vast majority of Americans agree with as well. The vast majority of Americans believe that we need to have a legal immigration system that works, and they recognize that what we have now is not a 21st- century legal immigration system," Senator Mark Rubio said. According to the framework proposed by the Senators, the United States must do a better job of attracting and keeping the world's best and brightest.

"As such, our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master's degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university," they said.

"It makes no sense to educate the world's future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy," the Senators said.

"Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Additionally, we must reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view our future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States," the Senators said.

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