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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
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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