Immigration Reform Plan Crystallizes; No One Gets Exactly What They Want

Groups on the left and right see major flaws in the immigration legislation.

A bipartisan group of leading senators announce that they have reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. From left are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. The deal covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

A bipartisan group of leading senators announced they have reached agreement on rewriting immigration laws in Washington Monday. (From left) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

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The announcement comes just a day before President Barack Obama reveals his own plans for immigration reform, a 2008 campaign promise that he failed to complete in his first term. Legislators say they showed the president the framework of their proposal Sunday and he congratulated them on their efforts.

But the immigration bill, which is a compromise for both the left and right, could mean a chance for the GOP to make up for lost time.

Experts in the immigration community agree that proposals like the one unveiled Monday, represent a promising political opportunity for the GOP, which was only able to garner just over 25 percent of the Latino vote in the 2012 presidential election.

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McCain addressed the growing support among members of his party to take action after the 2012 presidential defeat during a Sunday appearance on ABC's This Week. "What's changed is — honestly, is that there is a new, I think, appreciation on both sides of the aisle — including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle — that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill," McCain said on the show.

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