The eight lawmakers – collectively referred to as the “Gang of Eight” - who put together a comprehensive immigration bill believe their legislation has a better shot in Congress than the gun legislation stymied the week of April 15th.
"In a week when disillusion with politics is being acutely felt... the bill is proof the art of political compromise is not dead," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the immigration bill's authors. "I think the majority of people in both caucuses really want to get this done…I believe this is ours to lose."
"I don't think it's at all like gun control, frankly," he continued, adding the immigration bill has "broader support on a broader basis than guns did both in the Senate and in the country."
There is a broad coalition behind the effort -- including organized labor, the business community, Hispanic leaders, religious organizations and others - - breeding a sense of optimism among supporters.