Sen. Feinstein, fellow Democrats unveil immigration reform proposal

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and fellow Democrats unveil immigration framework in Washington D.C., April 29, 2010.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and fellow Democrats unveil immigration framework in Washington D.C., April 29, 2010. Kitty Felde/KPCC

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of activists will march in Los Angeles and other cities to demand action on immigration.

California’s senior U.S. Senator joined Democratic colleagues tonight to unveil their proposal for immigration reform.

Many Congressional Republicans say if you want to fix a broken immigration system, border security is the top priority.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that’s the same argument naysayers used when the Senate failed to pass an immigration reform five years ago. She says the border is better staffed today than at any time in its 85-year history.

"The number of border patrol agents has been doubled since that time from 10,000 to 20,000," she says. "And almost all of the fencing mandated by the Congress has in fact been completed."

Now, Feinstein says, it’s time to also tackle the other parts of immigration reform.

The Democratic proposal includes a high-tech social security card to verify employment status, a guestworker program for agriculture, and a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.

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