The immigration reform bill isn’t going anywhere in the Senate without a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, say two of the bill’s authors, New York Sen. Charles Schumer and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Speaking at a breakfast Thursday sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, they warned the House not to go down that road, The Hill reports
“Any attempt to say in the House that you will not have a path to citizenship, will be a non-starter,” Schumer said. “It will not pass the Senate . . . The American dream is you can become an American.”
Schumer pointed out that European countries are dealing with “huge discontent” from immigrants for establishing guest worker programs but rejecting the possibility of citizenship for these workers.
As for McCain: “There’s no way of getting this job done without giving people a path to citizenship,” he said.
“And a lot of our friends in the Hispanic community, when they look at what’s required on that path to citizenship, they’re not very happy. We’re talking about 13 years, we’re talking about a $500 fee.”
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