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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
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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