‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Bill Draws Mixed Reviews via USA Today

A subject that everyone has been keeping an eye on since the time of elections was how immigration reform would be handled.  The bipartisan team, nicknamed the ‘Gang of Eight’, has proposed their new immigration bill and as expected there are some positive reactions and some negative reactions. Hit the jump to see some infographics breaking it down and some other details.

By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — When Roy Beck finally saw the details of an immigration deal brokered by a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday, the outspoken opponent of granting legal status to the nation’s unauthorized immigrants had a hard time finding the right words to express himself.

“I just never expected the bill to be this bad,” said Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that helped sink the last attempt to change the nation’s immigration laws in 2007 and is trying to do the same this time.

With so many components in the far-reaching bill, reactions varied Tuesday after the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” released details of their proposal. Senate aides say they plan on formally filing the bill Tuesday, and are planning a news conference to unveil the legislation Wednesday.

President Obama weighed in Tuesday after receiving a briefing from two members of the Gang of Eight: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The president said the bill was filled with “commonsense steps that the majority of Americans support” and pledged his support to getting it passed through Congress.

“This bill is clearly a compromise, and no one will get everything they wanted, including me,” the president’s statement read. “But it is largely consistent with the principles that I have repeatedly laid out for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Aside from opening the door to legal status for the nation’s estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants, Beck says the bill adds even more competition for unemployed Americans by bringing in a huge influx of foreign workers through visas for high-tech and low-skilled workers.

“Every politician that has run for office over the last 10 years has said, ‘Jobs. Jobs are No. 1.’ And yet, everything in this bill is about bringing in more people to compete for American jobs,” Beck said. “This whole bill is written as if the nation is in the throes of a terrible labor shortage.”

Yet many business and labor groups have endorsed the plan. When the Gang of Eight holds its news conference announcing the bill…[Read Full Article Here]

[Source: USA Today]

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