WASHINGTON—While a group of Democrats and Republicans are working behind the scenes on a compromise to deal with immigration reform, someone leaked the White House’s plan.
That plan appears to be different than what some lawmakers had in mind.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D) New York, said, “I’m happy with the president. He’s given us the space and I’m optimistic we can get something done.”
Other lawmakers are warning President Obama to back off after someone leaked a White House proposal that would immediately protect 11 million illegal immigrants.
It would allow those immigrants to become citizens within eight years.
However, it does not guarantee border security first, which is what Republicans want.
Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wisconsin, said, “That tells us that he’s looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
Sen. Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky, said, “This is the president torpedoing his own plan and shows me that he’s really not serious.”
The White House says its proposal is a backup plan for the group of eight Democrats and Republicans working behind the scenes on a compromise.
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, said, “If those do not work out, then we’ll have an option that will be ready.”
However, Republicans insist that the leak was not an accident.
The GOP says the White House’s proposal would be dead on arrival if it came up for a vote today.