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A protestor's sign at an immigration rally. Now that a deal on guest workers has been struck between business and labor, some members of a bipartisan Senate group working on an immigration reform plan say that a draft bill could be ready within the coming week.

U.S. Senators expect immigration legislation this week; Rubio signals no final agreement yet — CNN A draft immigration reform bill from the Senate "Gang of Eight" could be ready by the end of this week, as some members have indicated. But Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the group, has issued a statement saying news of an agreement being reached is "premature."

The big immigration deal has a flaw — BusinessWeek The deal reached this weekend between business and labor groups over wages for low-skilled guest workers eliminates a major snag in Senate reform negotiations and clears the way for a bill to be introduced. But issues with flexibility and incentives mean "there’ll have to be a radical shift in the way both foreign workers and employers approach the process."

House group nears immigration deal — Politico A bi-partisan House group is "nearly finished" with a reform plan and hopes to announce it the week of April 8. However, "lawmakers and leadership are carefully eyeing several significant lingering technical issues to bring it across the finish line."

Immigrant detainees and the right to counsel — New York Times Unlike with people held in criminal cases, immigration law doesn't provide a right to counsel for immigrants held in detention.  Detainees who can afford it may hire attorneys, "but more often than not, they cannot afford counsel or are shuffled through the system before they have a chance to find help."

Oregon sheriff may release undocumented immigrants to ease jail overcrowding — ABC News From the story: "Multnomah County, Ore., officials say they will decide this week whether to endorse a proposed detention policy to allow undocumented immigrants jailed for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes to be released."

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