Smith, Johanns say they need to see details of proposed immigration reform

Third District Congressman Adrian Smith and Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator Mike Johanns say it is too early for them to take a position on immigration reform proposed by a group of eight senators.

The group Monday unveiled proposals to secure the border, allow more guest workers, require tougher verification measures by employers and create a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

Smith was in Scottsbluff Monday and says he is leery of the final proposal that would allow illegal immigrants to gain the same status as his forefathers who entered the country through Ellis Island.

Johanns anything but the present system would be an improvement, but says he needs to review the specifics of the plan.

President Barack Obama will lay out his own vision Tuesday -- and it's expected to overlap with the Senate effort.


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