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Caution is urged on deal on citizenship

Proposed bill would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.


March 31. 2013 9:00PM


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WASHINGTON — Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.


The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.


“With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who brokered the labor-business deal.


But it hasn’t taken the form of a bill and the eight senators searching for a compromise haven’t met about the potential breakthrough.


“We haven’t signed off,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.


“There are a few details yet. But conceptually, we have an agreement between business and labor, between ourselves that has to be drafted,” he added.


Yet just before lawmakers began appearing on Sunday shows, Sen. Marco Rubio warned he was not ready to lend his name — and political clout — to such a deal without hashing out the details.


“Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature,” said Rubio, a Florida Republican who is among the lawmakers working on legislation.


Rubio, a Cuban-American who is weighing a presidential bid in 2016, is a leading figure inside his party. Lawmakers will be closely watching any deal for his approval and his skepticism about the process did little to encourage optimism.


Rubio, who is the group’s emissary to conservatives, called the agreement “a starting point” but said 92 senators from 43 states haven’t yet been involved in the process.


The detente between the nation’s leading labor federation and the powerful business lobbying group still needs senators’ approval.




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