President's immigration reform proposal leaked
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Details of President Obama's proposal for immigration reform are being leaked out of Washington. The reform includes a plan that could pave the way to citizenship for many of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
The president has been meeting with the so-called "Gang of 8" -- a bi-partisan group of lawmakers assigned to find a solution. So far opinions are mixed and debate is heated.
As protesting continues across the country, a Las Vegas church held an "immigration reform" vigil. The University United Methodist Church held a bilingual service at its location across from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
"We're praying for our President and our lawmakers, so that the proper legislation is passed, to benefit not just the migrants, but this nation as a whole," says Associate Pastor Daniel Gomez. "We've seen too many families get ripped apart over this issue."
That legislation is supposedly in the works. USA TODAY claims a leaked White House draft proposal would create new visas for illegal immigrants, and allow them to become legal, permanent residents within eight years.
It also calls for increased border patrol funding, and an expanded E-Verify system so businesses can check the immigration status of new hires.
President Obama is threatening to act, even if congress doesn't. "If Congress does not come up with a plan in a timely fashion, I'll send up mine, and get it done without them," he says.
Some Republicans are already voicing their discontent - like Cuban-American, Florida Senator, Marco Rubio - who's among the lawmakers leading immigration reform discussions.
"The White House is saying they don't want any pre-conditions in order to get a green card, and that's not going to work," Rubio says. "Plus, we need a more detailed plan to secure our borders."
Rubio, and many others, believe this so-called leak of information is a strategic move by the President to score political points, rather than find a bi-partisan solution.