As originally reported on Friday in the Los Angeles Times, the president will meet with Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday. During the meeting they will discus the “basis” for a bipartisan proposal that could legalize the status of some of the near 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. Conditions for citizenship would be pretty tough, according to the article, with applicants having “to register, pay taxes and pay a penalty for violating the law. Failure to comply might result in deportation.”
The possible bill would be a good start for a necessary and long overdue reform. Yet Democrats too cowardly to confront reform and Republicans too obstinate in the role as opposition would endanger any proposal:
"Right now we have a little problem with the 'Chicken Little' mentality: The sky is falling and consequently we can't do anything," Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., told the newspaper.In the meantime, the clock is ticking and the pressure is mounting against those in power to dig their heads out of the sand.
Republicans also said they weren't inclined to cooperate, particularly since Obama signaled this week he would push ahead with passage of a healthcare bill with or without GOP support, the newspaper said.
"The things you hear from the administration won't be well received," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said.
How much longer must we wait?
Image- CNN (Naturalized U.S. citizens take the oath at a 2009 ceremony).
Online Sources- Vivirlatino, UPI, Los Angeles Times, The Latin Americanist