Sen. Jeff Flake: This plan is not amnesty - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Sen. Jeff Flake: This plan is not amnesty

Posted: Updated:
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake U.S. Senator Jeff Flake
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central...
  • Lawmakers looking for solution to immigration issue

    Lawmakers looking for solution to immigration issue

    Republicans and Democrats still can't agree on the steps that should be taken to secure the Southern border. It seems the only thing the two parties agree on is that there is a problem, however, what needs to be done, much less how to do it or pay for it is a continuing battle. FOX's Leland Vittert reports.
    Republicans and Democrats still can't agree on the steps that should be taken to secure the Southern border. It seems the only thing the two parties agree on is that there is a problem, however, what needs to be done, much less how to do it or pay for it is a continuing battle. FOX's Leland Vittert reports.
  • Sheriff Joe visits San Diego County

    Sheriff Joe visits San Diego County

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio was back in the valley after a weekend speaking in California.The Sheriff spoke to a packed crowd of Tea Party members and his supporters in San Diego County on July 26.
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio was back in the valley after a weekend speaking in California.The Sheriff spoke to a packed crowd of Tea Party members and his supporters in San Diego County on July 26.
PHOENIX -

After years of political fighting between Democrats and Republicans about what to do about the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. -- finally, compromise.

Arizona Senator John McCain is one of the leading figures in a deal for immigration reform. McCain and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake are part of a group of eight Senators who crafted the legislation.

It would not outright grant citizenship to illegal immigrants, but it would create a system that would allow many of them to stay and work legally in the U.S.

The group wants to make it easier for immigrants to get work visas if they're looking for jobs in agriculture, low skill jobs, or those that require advanced degrees.

"They have to pay back taxes, they have to have a non-criminal record. They have to learn English. They have to be able to understand and study our history. They have to get in line behind everyone else. They will be granted legal status, but then they get behind everyone else who has waited legally for green card status," said Sen. McCain.

Under the plan, security along the border would have to be tightened first. There would be better tracking of people in the country on visas, and a more efficient verification system for employers.

"Nobody can adjust their status or get on a path to citizenship until a commission compromised of governors, attorneys general and community people at the local level on the border can sign off that these border measures we have taken are effective," said Sen. Flake.

Video: Senator Jeff Flake joined us via satellite from Washington to explain what his plan entails and what it doesn't entail. He also talks about how the attitude in Washington has changed regarding immigration.

The Senate and the House still need to vote on the legislation. Tuesday, the president is set to unveil his immigration reform plans with a speech in Las Vegas.

To see the full press conference:

Immigration press conference (Part 1 of 3)

Immigration press conference (Part 2 of 3)

Immigration press conference (Part 3 of 3)

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices