SAN ANTONIO -- Two Congressmen with prominent roles on opposite sides of the immigration reform debate are pledging to bring a compromise bill to the floor of the House.
But even as they praised one another at a forum in San Antonio on Monday, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Republican Rep. John Carter acknowledged the political anxieties surrounding their negotiations.
Their bipartisan group has been conducting secret policy negotiations for four years. It has come under pressure since the House Judiciary Committee announced its own series of bills this week.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress have claimed a political mandate for a broad overhaul including a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Some Republicans have suggested incremental reforms, but they face a political split within their own party.