The Senate "Gang of 8" on the verge of releasing a bipartisan immigration bill got some words of encouragement after meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday. According to caucus chair Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), the senators told them the coming legislation should be compatible with principles established by the CHC earlier, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The statement from Hinojosa:
"Today's meeting was another positive step forward in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. For the first time in decades, we have a real opportunity to change our broken immigration laws. The Senators made it clear, yet again, that the CHC's nine principles for reform have been key components in their proposals and I am glad to know that they support our caucus's position that no bill is viable if it does not include a clear pathway to earned citizenship.
"We applaud all members of the Gang of Eight for understanding the importance of this issue, not just for the Hispanic community, but for all Americans, and for their sense of urgency as they expedite the process of getting this critical reform passed in both chambers. The CHC is committed to continuing work with all members of the Gang of Eight, to make sure comprehensive immigration reform is passed this Congress."