Immigration’s Gang of Eight

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

That bipartisan group of eight senators proposing a comprehensive approach to immigration legislation is more than a thinking group.

It’s becoming a working group.

Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat among the four Democrats and four Republicans who this week proposed a “road-map” to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. and other measures aimed at controlling the borders and visa,  said today that he and his colleagues plan twice-weekly meetings to hammer out the details.

Speaking at a Washington breakfast sponsored by Politico, Schumer said the group will meet each Tuesday and Thursday evening, alternating between his office and the suite of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, one of the four Republicans in the group.

They plan to unveil actual legislation in March.

That could lead to consideration on the Senate floor in late Spring, or early Summer, with three or four weeks of work on the floor.

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