Members of 'Gang of 8' reassure Americans immigration reform nea - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Members of 'Gang of 8' reassure Americans immigration reform is near

Posted: Updated:
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:46:04 GMT
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are...
    A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being...
  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups.
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the...
  • Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.

A big week ahead in the border battle.

A group of eight bi-partisan senators plan to unveil comprehensive immigration reform.

Sunday morning some of those senators hit the news talk shows to reassure all Americans that a deal is imminent.

"We need to have a path to citizenship and we need to have secure borders," Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain is one of the lawmakers of the so-called "Gang of 8".

"Most Americans agree that, if you pay back taxes, if you pay a fine, if you learn English, if you go to the back of the line, then you can and should be eligible for a path to citizenship," said McCain.

It's that language that's marking a sea of change for Republicans, who appear to be moving away from the debate over self-deportation that was so prevalent during the 2012 campaign of Mitt Romney.

Instead, the GOP is now agreeing to a clear path to citizenship.

"Every corner of the Republican party from libertarians to the RNC, house Republicans and the rank and file Republican party member, is now understanding there has to be an earned pathway to citizenship. That gives us leverage on immigration with our Democratic friends," said Senator Lindsey Graham.

Both sides have been working 12 hours a day trying to hammer out legislation.

The cooperation is being called a bright spot in Washington and it may help them achieve their ultimate goal: finding a solution for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the us.

"We feel very good the product they are working on is a product that is completely consistent with what the President has put forward, what he ran on, and will actually address immigration reform in a common sense way," said Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Adviser.

"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 Senator Charles Schumer.

It may not be "smooth sailing."

On Friday, four Republican members of the judiciary committee sent a letter to the Gang of 8 complaining that they were being rushed into get an immigration reform bill done with no additional committee hearings.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices