(WASHINGTON) — Senator Chuck Schumer, speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, announced that he is hoping to see a bipartisan deal on immigration by the end of the week, though other senators are less optimistic.
“There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn’t get what they wanted,” said Senator John McCain, also appearing on Face the Nation. “There are entrenched positions on both sides of this issue are far as business and labor.”
That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any progress, though. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the GOP has been able to unite itself on at least one front of the debate.
“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,” the senator said.
The bipartisan deal hopes to create an immigration bill that will secure the border and allow for eventual citizenship to an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
“I am hopeful that we get a good vote on both sides of the aisle,” Schumer said. “We don’t want this bill to be fifty-three Democrats and just a handful of Republicans because we need broad bipartisan support particularly to get a bill done in the house.”
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Jeremy Diamond, CNN Newswire
Eric Bradner, CNN Newswire