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Reactions mixed to new immigration bill

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 19 2013 05:02:11 AM CDT

Reactions mixed to new immigration bill

SPRING TWP., Pa. -

A group of U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle stood as one Thursday in Washington, D.C., as they unveiled their immigration reform plan.

The 844-page bill looks to offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and provide more security.

But shoppers near Broadcasting Square in Spring Twp., Berks Co., say they have seen the promises before, and are not getting their hopes up.

"They keep saying they're going to do stuff, immigration, to help us out, and they still don't," said Francisco Aparicio. "They don't keep their promise."

Nonetheless, Aparicio says he will be keeping a close eye on Washington, D.C., especially after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators unveiled its plan for sweeping immigration reform.

"We are here to announce that eight senators from opposite sides of the political aisle are coming together on a common sense immigration reform proposal that we believe can pass the Senate," said U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York.

Some of the proposals include a 13-year path to citizenship, a $2,000 fine including back taxes, and undocumented immigrants would be required to learn English.

The bill also looks to provide surveillance to 100% of the border with Mexico.

Karen Crocona, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Germany, says she still has concerns.

"There's just too many of them that are coming, that we're opening our doors to them, and it's not fair to some other people who worked all their lives to get citizenship," said Crocona.

Some of the requirements to be eligible for this path to citizenship include not having any felony conviction or three or more misdemeanors.

If the plan is approved, officials say it could become law by the summer.