Millions of undocumented immigrants would get immediate but provisional status to live and work in America under a compromise plan proposed Monday by a bipartisan group of eight senators.
While temporarily removing legal uncertainty for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, the senators’ outline also called for strengthening border controls, improved monitoring of visitors and cracking down on hiring undocumented workers.
The eight senators based their framework on four “pillars,” described as:
— A “tough but fair” path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the United States, but only after bolstering the nation’s border security;
— Overhauling the country’s legal immigration system, including attaching green cards to advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math from U.S. universities;
— Establishing an employment verification system that holds employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers;
— Creating a guest worker program for positions that Americans are either unable or unwilling to fill.