The members of the Senate "Gang of 8" who introduced their immigration bill early Wednesday morning issued a statement describing their proposal as a "starting point" and pledging an open process in debating the issue further.
“Our immigration system is broken and it is time for a national conversation about how to fix it," the statement read. "We believe common-sense immigration reform is vital in order to secure America's borders, advance our economic growth, and provide fuller access to the American dream. Our bipartisan proposal is a starting point, and will be strengthened by good-faith input and ideas from across the ideological spectrum. We look forward to multiple Senate hearings on this bill, an open committee process with amendments, and a full and fair debate in the Senate.”
The Democratic members of the group are Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Michael Bennett (D-CO), anad Bob Menendez (D-NJ). The Republicans are Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).