Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has discussed immigration reform measures with Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) behind closed doors, Politico reported Monday.
Jake Sherman writes representatives of the Obama administration are also in talks with House Republicans over proposed immigration amendments while Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have held similar discussions.
The private meetings centered around permitting approximately 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to apply for citizenship, the report says.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) has been tasked with leading Democratic lawmakers in negotiations with Republicans and the House Judiciary Committee will oversee immigration reform deals, according to the report.
“I think it’s time for people to understand that while there have been a few of us that have continued the dialogue during the last few months, I think that the content and seriousness and even the change in Republican positioning on immigration calls for a renewed dialogue,” Gutierrez told Politico.