Lawmakers expect final immigration deal soon
With U.S. business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the immigration system. They aim to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said Sunday.
The lawmakers said they expect a final deal soon after the measure is put into legislative language so that all eight senators in the bipartisan group can review it.
The Chamber of Commerce, the biggest U.S. business group, and the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation, reached an elusive agreement on a guest worker program on Friday, clearing the way for the writing of a full bill.
Included in the bill is a pathway to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, increased border security and ways for businesses to meet the need for high- and low-skilled workers.
“With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved,” said
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”