Immigration-Policy Blueprint Due This Week, Senator Says
January 27, 2013, 2:47 p.m. ET
By ALAN ZIBEL And DION NISSENBAUM
... Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.), the assistant majority leader, said he was encouraged about the work of Republicans and three Democrats on the immigration plan. Mr. Durbin has been joined in the effort by fellow democratic senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The Republicans senators include Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona, who have experience on the issue, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida ...
Mr. Durbin added that the effort will be focused on unifying families, and will include a version of the Dream Act, which would give undocumented students a path to permanent residency status. That measure failed last year to attract enough support in Congress.
"There is a new, I think, appreciation on both sides of the aisle—including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle—that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill," Mr. McCain said on ABC's "This Week."
"We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that," he added ...