A group of eight U.S. senators proposed a new plan concerning immigration at a news conference on Monday at Capitol Hill. The plan is, "a 'tough but fair' path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already living in the United States," reported CNN.
Seeking to rebuild the legal immigration system, senators from both sides of the political spectrum hoped to find a solution for the nation's roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, said Politico.
The four "pillars" outlined in the senators' plan include securing our nation's borders, establishing an employment verification system for undocumented workers, attaching green cards to advanced degrees in certain fields of U.S. universities and creating a guest worker program for specified positions.
Some conservatives have voiced opposition to the proposed plan. According to CNN source, Lamar Smith, who serves on the immigration subcommittee in the House, "when you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration."
President Barack Obama plans to reveal more details about his own immigration proposal on Tuesday in Las Vegas, reported Politico.