Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update: Schumer States ‘Every Major Policy Issue’ Resolved in Immigration Discussions

From the Washington Post: According to Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the bipartisan Senate group working on an effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws has resolved all major policy issues.

On Sunday, Schumer spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and informed the moderator that “we’ve all agreed that we’re not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that. We drafted some of it already, the rest of it will be drafted this week.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another member of the “Gang of Eight,” spoke on Sunday and stated that a final deal had not been struck.  “Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature,” said Rubio in a statement.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) shared Schumer’s optimism and informed CNN    

“I think we’ve got a deal, and we’ve got to write the legislation.”

This announcement comes on the heels of a Friday agreement between business and labor leaders on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, marking a key moment in the immigration debate.

The agreement involves the guest worker provision for low-skilled immigrants, which is one of the most critical pieces of the legislation. The accord between the Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O marks the first time the dueling sides have come together around the size and scope of the guest worker program.