It’s hard to know what prompted the Obama administration’s leak of its own plan for an immigration reform bill, even as a bipartisan group of senators seeks to find a compromise. Few issues are as complex and divisive, and just weeks earlier President Barack Obama made a point of saying he would back off as Congress worked on a plan.
But last weekend, articles about the secret details of President Obama’s proposal broke, adding political ripples to the debate over what a path to citizenship ought to look like for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the country. In the draft copy, which USA Today first reported, the White House calls for illegal immigrants to be able to attain permanent residency, which promises eligibility for citizenship, within eight years.
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