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Senate Immigration Group May Wait for Early April to Unveil Deal

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Gutierrez is working with a group of House lawmakers to come up with legislation to change the nation’s immigration laws.

The Senate group includes Democrats Charles E. Schumer of New York, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

A bipartisan group in the House is also working on legislation, but the package it is crafting is likely to be somewhat different from the Senate version.

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., a member of the House group, said Sunday on Telemundo’s “Enfoque” that he expects both bills to be unveiled soon.

“I think — though I am not speaking for any group — given what I have heard ... that you could soon see a plan from the Senate and a plan from the House. They will not be identical; they will be different from one another,” Gutierrez said.

He said that there might be things in the House bill that will cause heartburn on the left and the right “but we have to find 218 votes.”

Gutierrez said he thinks the House bill could include a path to citizenship that puts a stop to the deportation of illegal immigrants, preserves worker’s rights, provides the right to travel, and ultimately, the right to keep a family together.

“These things, we think, can be achieved” in legislation, he said.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., agreed that the Senate bill may not be the only game in town.

“I wouldn’t underestimate the House’s ability to pass the immigration bill,” McCarthy said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think we have plenty ideas on that, and I think there’s an opportunity that we can move the ball as well.”

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