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'Gang of 8' senators hope for immigration reform bill this week

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.

Negotiators are cautioning of struggles ahead for an issue that's defied resolution for years. An immigration deal came close on the Senate floor in 2007 but collapsed amid interest group bickering and an angry public backlash.

“There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn't get what they wanted,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a leader of the eight senators negotiating the legislation, said on Sunday. “There are entrenched positions on both sides of this issue.”

“There's a long road,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appearing alongside McCain on CBS' “Face the Nation.” “There are people on both sides who are against this bill, and they will be able to shoot at it.”

Schumer, McCain and their “Gang of Eight” missed a self-imposed deadline to have their bill ready in March, but Schumer said he hopes that this week it will happen.

“All of us have said that there will be no agreement until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill, but hopefully, we can get that done by the end of the week,” said Schumer.

A painstaking deal reached a week ago knit together traditional enemies, the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, in an accord over a new low-skilled worker program. The proposal would allow up to 200,000 workers a year into the United States to fill jobs in construction, hospitality, nursing centers and other areas where employers say they have a difficult time in hiring Americans.

The negotiators also have pledged to move the bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee and onto the floor according to what's known in Senate jargon as “regular order,” trying to head off complaints from conservatives that the legislation is being rammed through.

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