White House proposal would give illegals residency within 8 year - New York News

White House proposal would give illegals residency within 8 years

Posted: Updated:
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
  • Some Arivaca residents upset over Border Patrol checkpoint

    Some Arivaca residents upset over Border Patrol checkpoint

    A battle is brewing in one Arizona Border Town over what some residents say is taking over their way of life. They're not talking about migrants crossing the border; their fight is with Border Patrol.
    A battle is brewing in one Arizona Border Town over what some residents say is taking over their way of life. They're not talking about migrants crossing the border; their fight is with Border Patrol.
  • DACA two years later seen as opportunity for some, backdoor amnesty for others

    DACA two years later seen as opportunity for some, backdoor amnesty for others

    It's been two years since President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids to work and pursue their education without fear of deportation.It's a day of celebration for some, and also evidence of a continuing deadlock when it comes to immigration in America
    It's been two years since President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids to work and pursue their education without fear of deportation.It's a day of celebration for some, and also evidence of a continuing deadlock when it comes to immigration in America
PHOENIX -

A leaked draft of President Obama's immigration bill is drawing criticism.

The legislation offers a path to residency, but it's the timing of the bill that's raising eyebrows.

The White House legislation is being developed as members in both chambers of Congress are working on a bipartisan bill.

A U.S. senator from Arizona is part of that effort and isn't happy about the leaked immigration bill that he says, is going no where.

He's not the only Republican critical of the bill.

"I don't think it'll get through Congress," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The President's proposal, leaked to USA Today, calls for illegal immigrants to get visas, allowing them to stay in the country while they wait for permanent legal status, which could take eight years.

Arpaio says he likes the idea of work permits and visas, but not for those who crossed the border illegally.

"I just have a little problem in those that have violated the law came into our country to reward them and all the others that wait have to go through years and years of waiting. To me, that's not fair," said Arpaio.

Lydia Guzman, chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens agrees with much of the President's proposal, which includes background checks and would require immigrants to learn English and government history. Although, she does not support any spending more on border enforcement.

"It's a moderate plan because it does offer the legal permanent residency that we're looking for even though it is eight years, but it does give the opportunity," said Guzman.

"We're crafting a bipartisan plan and I believe it can pass what the president talking about is not something that can pass Congress," said Flake.

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is a member of the Senate "Gang of Eight," working on a bi-partisan solution to immigration reform.

He says the President's bill undermines their efforts and will not go anywhere.

"It's not complete. It doesn't have the border security elements we're working on, it doesn't have a guest worker plan, it has a kind of expedited path to citizenship that doesn't take into account border security," said Flake.

The White House says the President is simply following through on his promise to have a plan of his own ready to go if congress fails to act.

"I've been saying since I've been fighting this battle, 'stop talking about it', which they still are, of course, and 'do something about it'," said Arpaio.

Flake says we'll see the bi-partisan draft by early to mid-March.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • August 23, 2014

    Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

    Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:07:48 GMT
    The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest.
    The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest.
  • 1990 arson-murder rap tossed, Queens man is set free

    1990 arson-murder rap tossed, Queens man is set free

    A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science.
    A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science.
  • Sanitation men nearly throw away mayor's piano

    Sanitation men nearly throw away mayor's piano

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:39:56 GMT
    A piano donated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop nearly ended up pushing up daises in a landfill instead of making music in a pedestrian plaza. Fulop gave the upright so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday.
    A piano donated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop nearly ended up pushing up daises in a landfill instead of making music in a pedestrian plaza. Fulop gave the upright so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices