Senators Suggest Immigration Reform Plan Monique Krelsman, staff writer On January 28th, the Senate published a bipartisan plan for im migration reform.The House Judiciary Committee has held a hearing regard ing the issue. Reform has been largely unsuccessful since President Bush’s attempt failed to pass in the Senate in 2007, but now, things may be differ ent. While conservative Republicans tend to oppose any plan that would grant amnesty to undocumented im migrants living in the United States, they are newly motivated in the wake of the 2012 election (in which 70% of Hispanic voters supported Obama) to collaborate \vith Democrats. The Senate’s plan was drafted by Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R- AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Ben- net (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ). The plan leads with the statement, "‘We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border se curity has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation ee where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows... We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revis ited.” The first goal of the plan is to create a “tough but fair” path to citizenship for undocumented residents, to pro vide for heightened border security, and to address the problem of resi dents who outstay their visas. For republicans, the first part of the goal is contingent upon the latter two more conser vative elements. The path to citizenship in volves passing a background check and paying fines and back taxes to earn probationary legal status; illegal resi dents convicted of crimes are ineligible for the plan and would be deported. Residents under probationary status would be placed at the back of the line for green cards behind immigrants who are following legal procedures. The plan states that, “Our purpose is to ensure that no one who has vio lated America’s immigration laws will receive preferential treatment as they " relate to those individuals who have complied with the law.” Children and agricultural workers would be treated differently from other immigrants under the plan—children because they did not choose to immigrate and violate the law, and agricultural work ers because of the importance of their tat • L work to the country at We recognize mat large. our immigration system is broken for families and to at tract the world’s best and brightest.” Graduates of American universities with PhD’s or Master’s de grees in science, technology, engineer ing, or math would be awarded green cards under the plan. The third goal is to create “a tough, fair, effective and mandatoiy” employ ment verification system to prevent identity theft and penalize employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. The fourth goal is to create a pro gram for admitting workers that deters them from illegal occupations such as drug trafficking. The program would place an emphasis on the agricultural industry, and the number of jobs of fered to immigrants would fluctuate based on the strength of the economy. A provision is included to grant green cards to immigrants who have worked successfully in the United States for many years. The Senate’s plan grants undocu mented residents a path to citizenship while addressing the complaints that existing laws ought to be enforced and that border security ought to be heightened. It is unknown whether or not the plan will become law, but it can at least be said that legislators are will ing to collaborate and compromise. The text of the Senate’s plan can be found at http://www.nytimes. com/in teractive/2013/01/23/us/ politics/28immigration-principles- document.html. Ravens Win Superbowl XLVIl, Celebrate Ray Lewis Maitlyn Healy, staff writer Image via SuperBowlLlve2013.com There was nothing pretty about Super Bowl XLVII. The Baltimore Ra vens’ respected defense went head to head with the NFL’s best post-season defense found in the San Francisco 49ers. This was a game of stamina, strength, and faith in the game of foot ball and in one another, both on the field and in the bars that housed all of those nail-biting fans. The game started off in the Ravens’ favor and very quickly shifted after the power outage at the beginning of the second half. The Ravens were up 21-6 at the half, allowing Ravens fans to very comfortably focus on Beyonce’s rocking performance and worry less about overcoming a 15-point deficit. The Ravens started out the second half with a Jacoby Jones punt return for a touchdovm, which put the Ravens up 28-6 in a matter of seconds. The 49ers came back in a major way after the 34-minute power outage, how ever. The 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in the second half, making it a 23-28 game. This is where Ravens fans began to sweat. The game, although seemingly wrapped up after the first half, came down to the ivire as the Ra vens came up with a goal-line stand at the 5-yard line and sealed a 34-31 vic tory over the 49ers. A sigh of relief and tears of joy were shed in Baltimore. As the city celebrated with fireworks over the Inner Harbor, fans ran to the streets, singing the “Seven Nation Army” chant that Baltimore has made so popular. This was one of the most unique Super Bowls in the history of the NFL due to the power outage Aat fateful Sunday night and what happened off the field for both teams during the 2012 season. The Baltimore Ravens endured several struggles during the regular season with injuries, the loss of former owner Art Modell and ivide receiver Torrey Smith’s younger brother, Tevin, and the announcement of Ray Leivis’ retirement. The Ravens also went through a major coaching change as Jim Caldwell replaced the offensive coordinator. Cam Cameron, on December 10. This took the team some getting used to, but even Cam eron acknowledged that the swap was best for the Ravens’ offense. The team wrapped up the regular season with a heart-breaking announcement that Ray Lewis would retire at the end of this year. The “GOAT” is the heart of the team and the heart of Baltimore. Every player from that announcement forward vowed to win it all for Ray, and the Ravens did just that. Despite all of the trials and tribulations the Ra vens faced, they still came out on top. The 49ers had it easier in terms of tragedy this season but did go through a major change in terms of their roster. Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers head coach, had to substitute Colin Kaepe- rnick in as quarterback for Alex Smith after Smith suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams in week 10. The 2012 season is only Kaepernick’s second in the NFL, but the kid rose to the occasion. Kaepernick finished the season out with a win-loss record of 7-9 before the Super Bowl. Kaepernick was recognized quickly for how many rushing yards he accumulated and his skill at reading the field. Kaepernick’s Super Bowl appearance was only his 10th start in Ae NFL. This player defi nitely shows promise as a future elite quarterback. This game had another unique tvrtst: it was the “Harbowl.” John and Jim Harbaugh had to set their broth erly love aside, and their parents had to resist cheering for just one team this time. Ultimately, the big brother came out on top as John led the Ravens to their second franchise Super Bowl victory. Super Bowl XLVII saw several twists and turns, joys and sorrows, but, in the end, the Baltimore Ravens did what they set out to do- they got Ray Lewis a second ring on his last Super Bowl ride. 150 B Andrews Road Fayetteville, NC 28311 (910)826-4545 Andy's Cheeseburger, Fries & Drink ^5.99 UMtTED TIME ONLY Like us on Faa^Mck for eaadusive discounts! www.hwy55burgers.com

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