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On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators built the foundation for a plan where undocumented immigrants could get legal status without going to their home country first.
This framework was part of a new compromise concerning immigration reform by GOP leaders following President Barack Obama’s reelection.
Obama has repeatedly stated that immigration reform is a top priority for his administration in its second term. Obama won the reelection with overwhelming support from Latinos, a fast-growing group in the United States.
Immigration reform like today’s compromise has been historically opposed by Republicans, who seem to be coming around.
According CNN, this strong Latino demographic is one of the primary reasons GOP leaders are looking to negotiate with Democrats on this issue.
The plan could enable millions of undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told 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.”
The senators will announce their plan to the press right before Obama speaks about immigration in Las Vegas.