The immigration reform bill released early Wednesday morning by a bipartisan group of eight senators is more than 800 pages long.
The bill would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, heighten border security and create guest-worker and high-skilled immigration programs.
It was released at 2 a.m. Wednesday by Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Tech: Tech pushes for debate spotlight | Disney may bid for Twitter | Dem seeks Yahoo probe Saudis hire lobbyists amid 9/11 fight Consumer bureau remains partisan target after Wells Fargo settlement MORE (D-N.Y.), one of four Democrats in the Gang of Eight, and it runs 844 pages long.
Early reports suggested that the bill could be as long as 1,500 pages.
“I’m for immigration reform, but we have 1,600 pages,” Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulConservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill Saudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales MORE (R-Ky.) had said. “We’re going to read the details and try to make it acceptable to conservatives.”
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGlenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' MORE (R-Fla.) a member of the bipartisan group, defended the bill in a statement Wednesday.
"This bill marks the beginning of an important debate, and I believe it will fix our broken system by securing our borders, improving interior enforcement, modernizing our legal immigration to help create jobs and protect American workers, and dealing with our undocumented population in a tough but humane way that is fair to those trying to come here the right way and linked to achieving several security triggers," Rubio said.
He called the legislation a "strong conservative effort."
"While I believe this legislation is a strong conservative effort that will accomplish all these things and tries to make the best of the imperfect reality we face, it’s not perfect. But I am also confident that an open and transparent process that welcomes public input is going to make it even better," Rubio added.
President Obama on Tuesday hailed the bill as “largely consistent” with his own ideas for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.
Schumer and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainPundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria Kerry fires back at McCain: I'm not 'delusional' MORE (R-Ariz.) met with Obama at the White House Tuesday and briefed him on the bill. Obama has made immigration reform a second-term priority and a separate group in the House is working on its own immigration bill.
Along with Schumer, McCain, and Rubio, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamShutdown risk grows over Flint Senate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria MORE (R-S.C.), Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeTop GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program Pence rallies GOP before final stretch Libertarian nominee top choice among veterans MORE (R-Ariz.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinSpending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries Reid blasts Cruz over internet fight MORE (D-Ill.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTaiwan and ICAO: this is the time Rubio warns of terror attack from Cuba flights Politicians shouldn’t be above the law, Trump and Clinton included MORE (D-N.J.) and Michael BennetMichael BennetEconomists have a message: Clinton's policies are wrong for America Senate rivals gear up for debates Grassley pulling away from Dem challenger MORE (D-Colo.) round out the Gang of Eight.
The senators had intended to roll out their legislation earlier but delayed an event after the deadly terror attack in Boston on Monday.
Read the bill below: