In the State of the Union, Obama was greeted with great support from Republicans when he stated we must fix our broken immigration system. Since then, House Republican leaders have released a set of principles for reforms to the nation’s immigration system, which sets in motion the opportunity for the long awaited overhaul to happen in 2014.
The relevant portion of the plan can be found in this article where it states:
“There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.
“Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits). Criminal aliens, gang members, and sex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program.”