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Immigration Reform: “Gang of Eight” comes to agreement with business, labor leaders

A bipartisan group of Senators is hoping to resolve immigration reform and a major deal struck between business and labor groups could make it all a little bit easier.

A small group of four Democratic and four Republican senators all appear to be on the same page about how to best resolve our nation’s immigration problems.  And now we have some details about what to expect when they unveil their proposal.

"With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

Schumer is part of the U.S. Senate’s "Gang of Eight" and he worked the phones over the weekend with business leaders and labor leaders to resolve the last major hurdle for immigration reform.

All sides agreed Friday to a program that would let low-skilled workers into the country by the thousands, to work for fair wages.  Now that deal just needs to be put on paper and Democrats and Republicans alike are optimistic it will get done.

"We’re much closer with labor and business agreeing on this guest worker plan, that doesn’t mean we’ve crossed every  i and dotted every t or (laughing) vice versa. We have still got a ways to go in terms of looking at the language in and making sure that it’s everything we thought it would be but we’re closer, certainly," said Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on "Meet the Press."

Another influential Republican senator, Marco Rubio from Florida, is warning that talk about an agreement on a legislative proposal is premature.

That proposal is also expected to secure the border and create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the United States.  And the White House says a law like that could boost the economy.

"There are certainly obvious economic benefits that can be derived from passing — from the passage and enactment of comprehensive immigration reform," said Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

David Axelrod, a former Obama campaign advisor, says immigration reform is a legacy item for the President.  Those senators are expected to officially announce their proposals when they return to Washington, D.C. the week of April 8.


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