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Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform: lawmakers

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said on Sunday.
    The lawmakers said that while there was no final deal yet, they hope and even expect there to be one soon after the measure is put into legislative language so all eight senators in the group can review it.

    The bill will include an earned pathway to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, bolstered border security and ways for business to meet the need for both high-skilled and low-skilled workers.

    "We've all agreed that we're not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that," Schumer told NBC's "Meet the Press."

    But Schumer added: "I don't think any of us expect there to be problems."

    Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, another member of the group, also appeared on "Meet the Press," and said: "We're committed to this if we can get the language right."

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, another member of the group, said: "I think we've got a deal."

    This was posted on on April 1st 2013

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