White House 'encouraged' by immigration negotiations
White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April, 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, April 1, 2013 4:04PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- The White House says it is "encouraged" by recent progress on efforts to overhaul immigration.
White House spokesman Jay Carney cited positive comments from a bipartisan cast of senators over the weekend. He would not comment on cautionary remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a key participant in the Senate negotiations.
A proposal being assembled by a bipartisan group of eight senators would provide a new class of worker visas for low-skilled workers, secure the border, crack down on employers, improve legal immigration and create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already here. Labor and business leaders have agreed on a framework for the plan.
Carney said the work by the senators reflects President Barack Obama's principles for changing immigration law. He added, "The process continues and is not finished."