'Gang of Eight'

Senators Tasked With Immigration Reform

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: Immigration activists gather in front of the White House to celebrate the Obama Administration's announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Let’s hope the nickname is a motivator to work as a team. Eight senators (nicknamed the "Gang of Eight") have begun assembling to discuss immigration reform, several sources tell Politico. It's good news on Capitol Hill, where the issue is expected to become the top legislative priority of the year. The bipartisan octet includes Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, and Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. “Graham and I are talking to our colleagues about this right now and I think we have a darn good chance using this blueprint," Schumer said on Meet the Press. Many of the members are already key voices on immigration, including McCain, who was an integral part of Congress' last major attempt at immigration reform five years ago.