The recently released outline of a comprehensive immigration reform, put forward by leading Democratic United States Senators, has garnered mixed initial reviews.
Among the strongest supporters is the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose representatives said that the proposal was "a good framework for reform," and added that USHCC was looking forward to participating in further negotiations on the bill.
"[For years we have advocated for] reforms that include a path to residency for undocumented immigrants, a temporary worker program for future immigrants and a preservation of the principle of family reunification while also strengthening our ability to attract talented individuals to add to the prosperity of our nation," said Javier Palomarez, the organization’s president and CEO.
Catholic bishops have also expressed a positive opinion, calling the outline "an important first step." However, they cautioned against forging a bill that would would permit same-sex couples to receive immigration benefits equal to married couples.
However, opponents of the proposal were very vocal, with The Federation for American Immigration Reform calling it "yet another attempt to reward illegal aliens and cheap labor employers at the expense of the American public."
It said the Reid-Schumer-Menendez outline offers amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and family members residing outside the U.S. and will increase the flow of unskilled foreign labor.