Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will be one of eight United States Senators working on an in-depth immigration reform plan, The Huffington Post reports.
The senators will proceed President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration set for Tuesday.
The committee is comprised of four Democratic Senators and four Republican Senators and Menendez, a former Union City mayor, is happy with the direction discussions are moving in according to an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” program.
“Very clearly, having a pathway to earned legalization is an essential element. And I think that we are largely moving in that direction as an agreement,” he said.
According to a draft agreement written by the committee, immigrants will have to pass two background checks, pay taxes, learn English and have a job, among other things, before they can apply for permanent residency in the United States.
“”Once the enforcement measures have been completed, individuals with probationary legal status will be required to go to the back of the line of prospective immigrants, pass an additional background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, among other requirements, in order to earn the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residency,” the agreement says.
“Those individuals who successfully complete these requirements can eventually earn a green card.”
The other senators involved in the initiative are Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) will join with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)