August 15, 2013
Elise Foley, Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group including former governors and cabinet secretaries recommended on Thursday that immigration reform include a path to citizenship that begins with granting provisional status right away, rather than delaying the process until after enforcement and border security improvements are made.
“I believe if there is a rigorous path to citizenship that does have rigorous requirements, I’m comfortable with it,” former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a member of the task force, told reporters on a call.
The group is chaired by two Republicans, Barbour and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and two Democrats, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros. The idea was to craft a plan for immigration reform from a bipartisan perspective in the hopes that it might have more influence than a plan from left- or right-leaning groups.
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