“This is consistent with our country’s tradition of being a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.” – Senator John McCain (Press conference announcing new immigration reform push)

ISN’T IT amazing what a demographic shellacking can do.

Packed room at the press conference announcing the latest effort in immigration reform.

A powerful group of senators from both parties has reached a deal on the outlines of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a development that will drive an emotional debate on a hot-button issue unseen in Washington for more than half a decade. The group is expected to unveil the basics of its proposal at a Monday news conference on Capitol Hill, essentially laying down a marker on the issue one day before President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas to unveil more details about his own immigration proposal. – [Politico]

The eight senators behind the immigration guidelines include Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

According to documents obtained by CBS News and The Associated Press, the senators will call for accomplishing four goals:

-Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.

-Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.

-Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.

-Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.

But the agreed upon deal still has to be turned into legislation.

What will happen when it meets the House is another issue entirely. As for right wing radio, it should be very entertaining today.

Whatever credit is offered by Democrats to Republicans signing on, there are very few people who have earned it.

That Senator John “complete the danged fence” McCain is a central figure here is a fitting last flippity floppity, after McCain made a fool of himself sucking up to wingnuts in his reelection that required Sarah Palin to campaign for him. McCain is an example of what the right wing has cost the Republican Party, as well as McCain himself.

Bipartisan immigration plan