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Sen. Collins Floats Compromise Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has proposed what she believes is a compromise to allow both continued funding for the Department of Homeland Security, and some of President's Obama's immigration orders to stand.

"I believe I have put forth a reasonable, constructive compromise that could get us out of this impasse that is such a disservice to so many," the Maine Republican says.

The compromise would allow to stand the President's 2012 executive action that provides a safe harbor to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have maintained a clean record. But it would repeal his November executive order that grants de facto legal status to about 5 million immigrants.

"It will ensure that the men and women of the front lines of the Department of Homeland Security can do their vitally important jobs," she says. "It will overturn the President's misuse of his executive authority last November."