April 29th, 2010
07:22 PM ET

Senate Democrats to push new immigration reform plan

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other leading Democratic senators will formally unveil the outlines of legislation for comprehensive immigration reform late Thursday, CNN has learned.

Two senior Democratic sources say the Senate Democrats will discuss a proposal drafted by Reid, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

"This is a draft that reflects months of bipartisan work. It is intended to serve as an invitation to Republicans to look at it and sit down to solve problems with us," one of the sources said.

The 26-page draft obtained by CNN attempts to woo GOP senators in part by calling for "concrete benchmarks" to secure the border before granting illegal immigrants the opportunity to gain legal status.

Read the full CNN.com story

- From Dana Bash and Ted Barrett


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  1. M

    Every American citizen should agree that living here is a privelage, not a right. The problem is at this time a police officer can NOT ask a person for their proof of citizenship if they feel the person may be here illegally. We all know this won't apply to every situation, and any honest cop would not APPLY it in every situation, nor would they BE REQUIRED TO. The problem is people ARE here illegally and they ARE taking advantage of the extremely liberal rights of real American citizens to do whatever they want, commit whatever crimes they choose, and totally VANISH when the heat comes on. We MUST protect our country. We have no choice. Otherwise our economy WILL be like Mexico and other 3rd world countries. Not to mention the DRUG problems that are caused by illegal immigrants. Another thing- why do people always think of illegals from Mexico? There are illegal people here from EVERY spot of earth on this planet. We have to protect our rights and first declare specifically what those ARE as far as immigration law.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Immigrant American

    This immigration law in Arizona will finally do justice to all immigrants who came to this country LEGALLY, to those people from all over the world who obeyed the US immigration rules in order to set foot on American soil, became American citizens with pride, and worked hard to realize their American dream. ILLEGAL immigrants give a bad name to all immigrants in this country and it is time for the rest of the USA to follow Arizona's lead, find the same courage, and not to give in to the ILLEGAL immigration lobby. US Immigration Laws must apply to ALL immigrants and not only to certain groups of people while the other groups believe that they are exempt from these laws.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wayne Schmand

    Senator Bob Menendez?
    That's very interesting. I watched CNN a week or so ago and the Senator said that immigration should not be addressed till after financial reform. What bugs me is that I'm a resident of NJ and this is the first time I've heard this guy say anything.
    This is it. I know that the Democratic vision of the party and their power does not involve anyone of a non "Hispanic" background. They want to leagalize every illegial that they can with the idea that they'll all vote Democractic. They want to create a permanent majority for themselfs.
    The nation is crowded already and immigration is not a right.
    Vote every single Dem out of office in November.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wayne Schmand

    I have a brilliant idea. The US can just Annex Mexico and be done with it. No illegials here they;re all citizens.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tuna74

    I'm 76 years old.
    born of an Anglo American father from texas & a mother born on the Island of Puerto Rico.
    They met in New York.in the 1920's. both born American's
    The point being that I come from a Hispanic back ground as well.
    I speak Spanish & several other languages, But English is my native tongue.
    I learned to speak them all here in the USA.
    The blood lines of a Puerto Rican are Spanish Conquistador ,African slave & Taino indian of PR.
    How I see it.
    If you want us American's to be you understanding friend.
    Then learn to respect our country.don't try to change our language to Spanish because you are to lazy to learn English.A lot of other Immigrants that came legally before you did Of their own choice.They came to be Americans.We welcome them ,They are our Brothers & sisters.
    you are in the USA, your Mexican flag doe's not Fly & wave over ours on a flag pole.
    You also don't wave my flag upside down when you get angry like little children.
    When you are in the USA,illegal or visitor,
    You ask in this country, you don't demand.you want to demand go back to where you came from & demand there.
    congressman Luis Gutierrez of Ill also of Puerto rican back ground. He may want you here at any cost.
    He wants your vote.
    I want to see Immigrants, The like of those That came before me.
    That were proud to be Americans First.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. C'EST LA VIE

    ...granting illegal immigrants the opportunity to gain legal status....

    Contradiction! between RIGHT and WRONG! between TRUTH and FAKE, between GOOD and BAD! between INNOCENT and CRIMINAL

    May 15, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. C'EST LA VIE

    To dress a criminal with a innocent clothe

    May 15, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. C'EST LA VIE

    ..".granting illegal immigrants the opportunity to gain legal status...."

    THIS IS A WEIRD KIND OF THINKING FROM THE CRAZY OR MINDLESS CRAZIMEN

    Similar to grant a drunk driver a permit to drive freely on the highway! at the cost of lost of life of others!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. C'EST LA VIE

    THINK ABOUT THIS WEIRD AND CORRUPTED THING:

    granting illegal immigrants the opportunity to gain legal status.

    THIS WEIRD THING CAN ONLY TAKE SHAPE AND HAPPEN IN THE MIND OF WEIRD MINDLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE FOLKS!

    May 15, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. tuna74

    CNN Please post:
    It won't happen.
    Did you all hear there's a new high tech Green card & ID..Simular to our American passport but more sophisticated.It even has a radio frequency identification chip built in with all the individual's data that can be checked in second's by law enforcement.Holographic photo & finger print,Tamper proof.
    do a search check it out,It's made to eliminate the fakes sold on the streets of California.

    Also Obama went through to much to get health care reform,
    He added 33 million Americans to it...
    The fight at that time was How he planned to pay for it.
    So how will he explain to this country how he will pay for an additional 20 million illegal immigrant into the health care system that have not contributed into it ever.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tuna74

    Tthis Puerto Rican Democrat is an American first.
    & know that if Obama deside's to give Amnesty He's going to have 5 less democrat's voting for democrat's We will all have a cup of tea.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    If YOU PASS THE N. KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YRS HARD LABOR, If YOU PASS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET SHOT”. If YOU PASS MEXICO BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET UP TO 2 YRS IN PRISON FOR 1ST TIME AND UP TO 10YRS 2nd TIME PLUS, DEPORTATION. IF YOU PASS THE USA BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET TO TAKE SOMEONE”S JOB IN ...THE USA, YOU GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE, A PLACE TO LIVE, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, PLEASE STOP THIS

    May 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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