By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

May 22, 2013

Washington, DC – America’s biggest immigration overhaul in a generation is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the ‘Gang of 8 Proposal’ of an immigration reform bill, in a 13 to 5 vote by members of the democratic-controlled panel.

The proposal will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

If passed, it would create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 Million undocumented immigrants in the US.

The plan would also be the first overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy since 1986.

The most celebrated Filipino undocumented immigrant, Jose Antonio Vargas took to twitter to praise the move.

He said that immigration reform would enable him to see his mother in the Philippines after 20 long years.

“What immigration reform means to me: seeing my Mama after 20 yrs of leaving the Philippines for the U.S.,” he said.

“Yes, we can! Si, se puede” immigration activists shouted after the vote, reprising Obama’s campaign cry in his historic run for the White House in 2008.

In addition to creating a pathway to citizenship for 11.5 million immigrants living illegally in the country, the legislation creates a new program for low-skilled foreign labor and would permit highly skilled workers into the country at far higher levels than is currently the case.

At the same time, it requires the government to take costly new steps to guard against future illegal immigration.

In a statement, Obama said the legislation is “largely consistent with the principles of common-sense reform I have proposed and meets the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system.”

Many Republicans have embraced the idea of immigration reform after nearly 70 percent of Hispanic voters supported Obama in last year’s election, leading to concerns that the party was out of touch with a younger, more diverse country.

-with reports from the Associated Press

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  • noz
    22 May 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    the four democrat members of the gang of eight will pour federal dollars into left wing and islamist advocate groups to fund their own vision of the INS law reform. the million dollar question is why the four republican members of the gang of eight agreed with democrats support of leftist/islamists advocacy/special interest groups demands. the reaction of the republican members of the gang of eight going along with the kumbaya of the democrat members of the gang of eight have earned rubio a RINO. people by enlarged have been suspicious of the INS law reform, believing to be misleading, eventually will be exposed as a cover up for amnesty. the upcoming heated floor debate of the INS law reform in both senate and house will further spread the reform to be nothing but written. no way will obama or future POTUS of his party will enforce the INS law reform, therefore without strict enforcement will further skyrocket future illegal aliens to 34 million. controlling, eradicating future illegal aliens is never ever the priority of the far, far lefty liberal democrats, who are strongly leaning towards to the new world order, slowly but surely to the point of end of sovereignty.

  • buloknaisda
    23 May 2013 at 6:51 am - Reply

    and what about the rest of the 4 republican members? of course you wouldn’t comment anything about your own political colors.

    • noz
      23 May 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      you ought to re read what i wrote, comprehension a must, then you will digest what the RINO members gang of eight are into. COMPRENDE?

  • buloknaisda
    24 May 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    ano daw un? Pongee noz bozooo!!

    • noz
      24 May 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      a knucklehead being lullaby by the kumbaya of obama.

      • Delia
        24 May 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        Noz , a knucklehead indeed , lol They insist of typing their language hoping you’d reply , this person is a wuss lol just take a look at his name , go to Tagalog website translator into english and you’ll find the meaning , …. which is StinkyFish or Rotten fish which is what they mostly eat in their life actually with full of flies shit . In fact he did’nt get what you said lol. Then he called you names lol.

  • buloknaisda
    24 May 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I wonder where in the world that is 5pm now?

  • buloknaisda
    28 May 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    OK, how is this Delia – spell bankrupt – B-A-N-C-R-A-P you full of crap !

    • jr(catholic counter capitalist)
      1 June 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      @buloknaisda….. alam mo itong si delia, kung ano ano klaseng panglalait sa mga tao at mga kakabayan niya… pati buloknaisda nilalait nya.. hehehe….. sya nga itong mas higit pa ang amoy sa mabahong isda.

      • buloknaisda
        11 June 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        exactly my point kaya nga buloknaisda eh, kasi parang ung kanta ni freddie aguilar, ang taong hindi marunong magmahal sa kanyang sariling wika ay higit pa sa isang mabahong isda.