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As you may know a bipartisan group -- senators known as the king and they are working to iron out and immigration piece of legislation.
That both political parties will support.
Over the weekend one of those senators Democrat Chuck Schumer said an immigration reform bill is close facility said.
With the agreement between business and labor every major policy issue has been resolved on the gang of eight.
Now every one we've all agreed that were not -- to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that.
But we drafted some of it already the rest of it will be drafted this week.
And so I am very very optimistic.
That we will have an agreement among the -- of us next week.
I'm shocked but yesterday Republican Marco Rubio released a statement saying that reports of a comprehensive deal were quote premature so what's going on.
Joining me now Jennifer -- the executive director of the Hispanic leadership network.
And Brent Wilkes the executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens both -- in Washington DC and I want to welcome you both very very much in.
We just never before I ask you thank you want to before I ask your question.
I know these two senators very well in the members of the so called gang of me as well -- them.
In the senate members on both sides have a trust but verify policy when dealing with us senator Schumer as we all know he tries to get ahead on issues and get out and -- his PR thing but as you know in order to get an immigration bill then we need to secure the border.
Have any verification plan take care of over the four million people.
Who have actually been following the law and then have a workable.
-- -- -- to work and citizenship that both sides can support Jennifer how do you see it all shaking out.
Getting any senator -- -- you think you for having me.
The way I see it is that where senator -- says.
-- I know we need to take a step back and we're working on this but it's only eight senators who are Gannett has come forward with draft legislation we still have.
The idea senators who need to look at this and the American public who needs to -- -- and on the whole pathway to citizenship that's a misnomer what we support is earned a legal status anything.
Defining it that way is much better for the American people because we're talking about eleven people who did break the lock who do need to come forward.
Pay a fine.
Learn English and pass a background check at first get what's called a provisional be set for ticket ever get in line for legal residency so really what it is is earned legal staff at.
Friend what do you say.
Well I think -- really senator Schumer was trying to be.
It's human spirit is trying to be senator Schumer here I go ahead this famous athlete you know it's it is certainly.
An agreement between AF LCI don't -- that did the chamber of commerce was a significant agreement and I think that is a big hurdle and they have appeared to have overcome it so that is a good sign but.
Obviously it takes two sides to have a deal and considerably -- -- there's a deal yet and I think that.
That's his right in this at least -- -- tells that we haven't seen that we hope to be able to see when the legislation actually comes out.
I have to say I do think it's important to have a pathway to citizenship.
Obviously if you become a legal permanent resident more than you are on the pathway to citizenship and so as long as we continue to follow -- immigration laws like we haven't passed.
Once we put folks on that permanent legal status of they will have that opportunity become citizens we think that should be part of law.
But the good news is I think there -- a lot of -- -- behind this bill and I do think we're gonna have comprehensive immigration reform this year and that's a big change of.
Course from previous years of Brenda I agree -- -- -- -- Lindsey Graham in the studio back here we talk briefly about what his thoughts.
And here's the problem in the United States senate okay you have the extremes on the left and the right.
And in the middle that block -- moderates of which I was one is now smaller -- have very few people to bridge the gap between the two extremes.
In on on the left obviously they want -- -- basically there's very few parameters are.
Or or qualifications to get that citizenship and on the right.
They want to have you go through hoops to do -- to to basically get to that that file gulf.
And I believe as you have I think both agree and there is we need to compromise we need to find that balance between between the two.
They need to get they they need to get the information out and have you heard anything else that we're missing and not -- discussing today.
Well I just think fit and we need to recognize -- environment is different than we've ever seen it so even though they're Republicans who think one when Democrats who think another.
That you have a lot more.
Of that bipartisan effort coming forward on immigration reform because.
They're thinking at the fact is is that our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it and having senator Riviera senator flaky conservatives at the table to make sure that it's actually conservative solution because to us immigration reform is a conservative issue is very important and we have to remember not just talk about -- legal status but we have to talk about securing the border making sure our legal system is actually fixed.
A temporary worker program is in place and.
I'm -- -- -- -- let me jump -- Brent Brent.
What are your thoughts and I mean I I agree everything she's saying.
Makes makes a lot of good sense and the key is obviously to bring it to the membership bring it to the people.
Make sure you can actually get it through the -- remember it's not a Democrat bill that's gonna pass.
Or Republican -- needs to be bipartisan by camel in which the president will sign how to how do -- do that.
Well I think you're -- right that we need to it.
To keep the momentum going put a lot of support behind this bill hopefully they'll be.
A substantial you know -- beyond the sixty vote threshold in the senate this could be actually that one piece legislation that does get.
A lot of bipartisan support.
And if that moves without type of momentum into this -- house I think we have really good chance of getting this bill palace but I -- -- believe that citizenship is important and there's no real conservative reason not to grant that affect most conservatives want to see people make a commitment to the United States become citizens to see that conversation continue to move forward I know you'll be playing a role in and I want thank you both.
For taking the time -- in the conversation that to the forefront thank you thank -- direct.
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