March 29, 2013
Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), John McCain (Ariz.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.) toured a stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border where many foreigners have entered the United States illegally. The senators are trying to create metrics for defining whether the border is secure as part of a comprehensive immigration bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
"We are on track to meet our deadline of having a bill when we get back to Congress in a couple of weeks," said Schumer, flanked by his Senate colleagues.
The senators are members of the so-called Gang of Eight - four Democrats and four Republicans - who are working on a plan for the biggest overhaul of immigration laws since 1986.
Although they have agreed on creating a way for the 11 million undocumented foreigners to earn citizenship, problems with the future flow of immigrants has remained a sticking point.
Reprinted in part from Drovers CattleNetwork