Nightly News   |  March 31, 2013

Immigration deal in sight?

Congressional Democrats are saying a comprehensive immigration deal is in sight, but Republicans are cautioning that any talk of a deal is premature. NBC's Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> now we go to washington where there is sharp disagreement this evening over whether in fact a deal has been reached on immigration reform . democrats are practically claiming victory but republicans warn not so fast. nbc news white house correspondent kristin welker is live with the latest. good evening, kristin .

>> peter, very good evening to you. this latest disagreement comes after what seemed like big progress over the weekend business and labor groups struck a compromise behind the scenes on a major sticking point -- how much to pay non-citizens who are here to work. senator charles schumer told chuck todd on meet the press today it is practically a done deal.

>> well, with the agreement between business and labor every major policy issue has been resolved. now everyone we've all agreed that we're not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that.

>> reporter: but republican senator marco rubio said any talk of a deal was premature. that's a sentiment his republican colleague senator jeff flakic co-ed.

>> we still have a ways to go in terms looking at the language and making sure it is everything we thought it would be but we're closer, certainly.

>> reporter: meanwhile, there has been no progress in efforts to pass stiffer gun laws . something the president claimed is one of his key second term policy goals. this wednesday mr. obama will travel to denver, colorado to campaign once again for gun control .

>> kristin , thank you very much from the white house this