The latest counterproposal to a bill by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would base the chance of citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. largely on whether or not they were here before a cutoff date. That date has not yet been determined.
Those in the U.S. before the cutoff date, an overwhelming majority, could apply for green cards if they pay fines and back taxes and learn English. Among that group, those who had spent five years in the U.S. would get an easier path to citizenship, with newer arrivals facing more obstacles.
Based on this article, I think that this bill sounds good. I do not understand the need to send immigrants back to their countries if they have lived here for a long time.
I doubt that Conservatives will allow any bill that doesn’t send all immigrants back to their countries and doesn’t allow prosecution of people who help immigrants. I’m not sure either side will ever compromise, so it should be interesting to watch how this all plays out.