Lawmakers Announce Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Groundwork begins in Washington D.C. for sweeping immigration reform after President Obama made it a top priority for his second term.

A bi-partisan group of senators, 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, unveiled a plan to tackle the issue. The plan by the so-called “gang of eight” senators lays out ways to address some of the big issues. It includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers.

The plan is being called “tough but fair”, requiring immigrants to pass criminal background checks, pay back taxes and learn English. The plan also entails strengthening border security. The supporters said they think they have the votes to get it through the Senate.

President Barack Obama has pledged to make immigration a priority and he’s scheduled to make a push during his speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday. As D.C. lawmakers prepare to act, a few states are taking action of their own. Over the weekend, Illinois became the fourth state to allow illegal immigrants to get a drivers license.