A group of eight influential Democratic and Republican Senators have reached a deal for bipartisan immigration reform. This is great news for those of us looking for bipartisan deal making. Details are still a bit sketchy, but POLITICO has the story:
According to a five-page document provided to POLITICO, the sweeping proposal — agreed to in principle by eight senators — would seek to overhaul the legal immigration system as well as create a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants. But establishing that pathway would depend on whether the U.S. first implements stricter border enforcement measures and new rules ensuring immigrants have left the country in compliance with their visas. Young people brought to the country as children illegally and seasonal agriculture industry workers would be given a faster path to citizenship.
The broad agreement by the influential Gang of Eight senators amounts to the most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007.
Now, because this is a bipartisan deal, expect all sides to rip it to shreds, even before the details are released. We will have plenty of time to argue about the details. For now, lets just appreciate this deal for what it represents: Democrats and Republicans came together, compromised, and acted like rational people, not recalcitrant ideologues. Its a good day in my book.