Senators say despite an agreement on low-skill workers, immigration plan not yet done


Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not a done deal.

Senators from both parties are making it clear that although a big hurdle has been overcome, there's no agreement yet on an immigration reform plan.

Labor and business groups agreed Friday on a provision that would let tens of thousands of low-skill workers come into the country. They would fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels. And Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York tells NBC that "every major policy issue has been resolved."

But the eight senators looking for a compromise haven't met yet about the potential breakthrough. And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN there are still "a few details" remaining.

Another Republican who is working on the legislation, Marco Rubio of Florida, says reports that the eight senators have agreed on a proposal "are premature." He's making it clear that he's not ready to lend his name and political clout to such a deal without hashing out the details. Rubio is a Cuban-American who's considering a presidential bid in 2016, and lawmakers will be closely watching for his approval of the immigration plan.

The measure would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

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117-a-13-(Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in interview)-"the legislative language"-Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says, in response to reports that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio called a deal "premature," an agreement between labor and big business has been reached. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Mar 2013)

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118-a-07-(Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in interview)-"we're closer, certainly"-Republican Senator Jeff Flake says the so-called Gang of Eight senators hasn't yet signed-off on final legislative language. COURTESY: NBC's "Meet the Press" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Mar 2013)

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