By Jennifer Martinez - 05/21/13 10:30 PM EDT
Durbin voted in favor of Hatch's amendment on Tuesday. He told Hatch that the compromise represents how important his support is to the Group of Eight.
"Senator Hatch, a number of us, myself included, have really leaned a long way in your direction to get your support for immigration reform. We hope that this is a good faith effort on both of our parts to bring support for this bill to pass," Durbin said. "We made concessions I never thought we'd have to make…but we made those concessions to win your support. We need your support. We want to pass this bill."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Gang of Eight, hailed the
amendment as "the best compromise we could have achieved" on H-1B visas.
He said the requirements that employers would have to follow when
hiring foreign workers on an H-1B visa in the current version of the
bill "went too far."
"We went overboard," Graham said.