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Carney: ‘Encouraged' by 'signs of progress' on immigration

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He added that the administration was also pleased by reports of a deal between the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce, which cleared one of the last hurdles blocking a bipartisan accord on immigration reform.

Over the weekend, labor and business leaders ironed out a disagreement over a new low-skilled worker visa to be included in the immigration-reform package. Under the plan, the number of visas would fluctuate between 20,000 and 200,000, and guest workers would be paid the prevailing wage in the area where they work.

But despite the agreement, some Republicans — including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is critical to rallying conservative support for any bill — cautioned that a deal was not done. In a statement on Sunday, Rubio called reports of an agreement "premature." Carney warned that "we're not there yet" on a deal that could pass both chambers of Congress.

"It certainly is a fact that legislation hasn't been completed, so the process continues, but is not finished," Carney said, adding that the White House was not "celebrating prematurely."

Still, the press secretary pointed to optimistic remarks over the weekend by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), members of the bipartisan Senate immigration group.

"I would just point you to the statements by a number of the members of the Group Of Eight about the progress they're making, about how close they are to an agreement," Carney said.

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