Is the new bipartisan push for immigration reform doomed?

A comprehensive revamp of America's immigration system is a top priority of President Obama and GOP senators, but...

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
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One of the ways President George W. Bush famously tried to spend his political capital after winning re-election in 2004 was by pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill that included a long-shot chance for people who came to the U.S. illegally to earn citizenship. The bill died in Congress, thanks largely to Republican protestations about giving "amnesty" to lawbreaking immigrants. Now, President Obama is starting his own push for a comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday, with an event in Las Vegas, and he has some help: A bipartisan group of senators, including on-and-off-again proponent John McCain (R-Ariz.), GOP rising star Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), plus Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

The bipartisan framework will be unveiled Monday, but the senators fanned out to talk it up on Sunday. Schumer gave a press conference, while Durbin, Menendez, and McCain went on the Sunday talk shows. McCain said that the bill will once again provide a way for undocumented immigrants to gain citizenship, explaining to ABC News how he can sell that to skittish Republicans:

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.