Much has been said about the bipartisan group of 8 Senators that are driving the entire immigration reform effort on Capitol Hill. Who are they? From left to right clockwise, John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsay Graham (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rob Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
The senators have worked diligently behind closed doors to fashion a legislative compromise that would fix the broken immigration system. Their unity will be tested when the bill is released, but Politico reports that most of the members are willing to hang together even as the fur begins to fly:
Most members of the group are prepared to band together, defeating one by one any controversial amendment that can upset the deal’s balance. Such unity is considered essential if the senators hope to keep the core of the bill intact, hold the support of a cross-section of labor and business interests — and ultimately win the kind of broad bipartisan vote that forces the House to also act on an immigration bill.
This group is about to be tested, but McCain and Graham are veterans of the 2007 fight, the last time the Congress tried to do immigration reform. I disagree with Politico when they write, "Still, senators expect most of the efforts to change the bill to come from the right." There is equal danger from the left if the unions pull out over a fight about specifics of guest worker programs.