Snippits from Bloomberg News
The bipartisan "Group of Eight" have resolved all major issues in a pending Immigration law reform deal and that their staffs are putting the bill into legislative language as quoted by Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York.
On CBS's "Face the Nation" program Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York said "All of us have said that they'll be no deal until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill, but hopefully we can get that done by the end of the week. There have been concerns along the way, but each one of those thus far has been settled," confirmed Schumer.
An increase in border security could serve as a compromise allowing some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to move toward citizenship. The plan will provide more Border Patrol agents, improved radio networks, and increased surveillance by unmanned aerial drones. The legislation will propose a commission of state and local officials from states bordering Mexico to monitor progress of these measures and advise the Department of Homeland Security.
The US government already is deporting many who entered the U.S. illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 396,906 people in 2011 and a record 409,849 in 2012, according to figures released by the agency, a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The last major immigration revision, signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, made 3 million undocumented workers eligible for legal status and created a market for fraudulent documentation. Illegal immigration soared, casting a shadow on subsequent efforts to legalize immigrants.