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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The push for immigration reform is getting the thumbs up from members of both parties. Under the agreement of principles outlined by Senators, both Democrat and Republican, there is a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.
"Let's create a system to bring them forward, allow them to settle their debt to society and fulfill the necessary requirements," says Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Under the framework, citizenship for illegals comes after verification that the border is secure, workplace enforcement is in place and a visa exit program is up and running.
"Among the requirements are criminal background checks, make certain they pay any fines and pay their taxes," says Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
The pathway is a change of tone from some Republicans who have suggested it's amnesty.
"We have to be sure we don't do anything that encourage those to come here illegally in the future," says Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
There is also an establishment of an agricultural worker program.
"This is an important first step that we have seen from Congress," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
The White House says today's announcement echoes plans outlined by President Obama in his Inaugural Address last week.
"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity," says President Obama.
A FOX NEWS poll reveals 66%, a majority of voters, believe illegal immigrants should be given a chance to apply for citizenship if they can meet some requirements. President Obama travels to Nevada Tuesday to publicly unveil his immigration plan. No details have been written into legislative language for any plan, so the debate is just beginning.
Monday, January 28 2013, 10:34 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.