U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he expects dozens of amendments will be filed on an immigration reform package that is in the works. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Nick Gale
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said it will be back to work this week on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Durbin said progress is being made on a bill but can’t say when a final draft will hit the floor of the Senate.
“We’re getting down to just a handful of issues,” Durbin said. “We haven’t reached an agreement yet but we’re making such good progress I can feel the momentum building. We don’t want to fail. We want to get this done. So as of next week we’ll have a meeting and I’m hoping that if we can reach an agreement there we can announce something soon.”
Durbin said it will still be a long process as he expects dozens of amendments to be filed.
A side note: asked about the DREAM Act, Durbin says it will be part of any comprehensive immigration reform.
A group of eight senators, Democrats and Republicans, have been working towards a final bill. Durbin is part of that “Group of Eight.”