Legislation that will overhaul immigration in the U.S. will likely be ready by week’s end, said two of the senior senators working on the bill.
Charles Schumer the Democratic Senator from New York told reporters that senators in the Group of Eight, the bipartisan group of four Republicans and four Democrats, had resolved the major issues that were pending for the deal and the staffs of each were putting the legislation into the appropriate language.
Schumer said all eight senators had agreed that no deal would be reached until each one agreed. After a number of bumps along the way, Schumer said the senators finally came to an agreement.
Last month the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest labor union federation and the biggest business group in the U.S. respectively, reached an agreement over the program for guest workers and that cleared the way for completion of the bill, said insiders.
Included in the new legislation will be a pathway that must be earned to become a U.S. citizen for the undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. Estimates are that over 11 million currently work and live in the U.S.
In addition, the legislation will contain language bolstering the security on the country’s borders and ways for U.S. businesses to meet their needs for both low-skilled and high-skilled workers.
John McCain, a Republican Senator from Arizona appeared with Schumer and said he agreed that the new bill would be ready at the end of the week.
Another version of immigration reform is being prepared in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.