He said that his staff has been in communications with the gang staff, but its not yet called “the gang of eight plus one,” he joked.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the members of the group of eight, praised Paul’s remarks.
“The consensus continues to grow in favor of immigration reform that contains a path to citizenship. While there are certainly differences between our emerging product and Senator Paul’s outline, there is also a lot of common ground. In the coming months, Congress has a unique opportunity to make America a fairer and economically stronger place. We must come together to seize this opportunity.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.