President Barack Obama revealed his plan for undocumented immigrants. He said it's about people, not policy.
"It's about men, women, young people...who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story," he said.
As expected, his plan goes further than the bipartisan Senate group's released Monday.
President Obama's involves a faster path to citizenship, requiring undocumented immigrants to register, pay fees and learn English. He also agrees with tighter border security, but isn't tying that to the citizenship process closely, like the Senate group is. And another possible difference: the president also wants to include same-sex benefits where one partner is American.
Republican North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr hopes left and right find middle ground.
"I'm hopeful,” he said. “I've been hopeful for a number of years, and I haven't seen anything because one side or the other gets greedy."
Charlotte's Democratic Congressman Mel Watt told Eyewitness News something similar and added lawmakers need to tackle the immigration issues together, as a package.
"If you don't (deal) with these things in big pieces, dealing with a little piece here and a little piece there, you don't have the constituency, the votes, that's necessary," he said.
He and newly-elected Republican Robert Pittenger are waiting for details.
"Right now, there's no direction. It's just scattered,” he said.
The way local Latin-American advocates see it, the Obama administration has been tough on the borders. They want to see the path to citizenship and were hoping the plans would do more to keep families together.
"We don't want to see families keep being torn apart," said Armando Bellmas. "There's nothing in any kind of proposal that speaks to a situation like that, and we want something like that to be addressed."
President Obama is holding onto his plan for now, letting the Senate work, seeing if that goes anywhere.