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March 23, 2013

Senators draw closer on immigration reform

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WASHINGTON —

Senators seemed to take the last-minute jockeying in stride.

“People have a lot at stake here, this is a huge deal. We’re talking about the lives of 11 million people just to start with, so I understand why passions are high and sentiments are high,” McCain told reporters Friday.

“We just make steady progress,” he said. “We take two steps forward, and then we take a step back.”

McCain and Flake plan to visit the Arizona border next Wednesday with Schumer and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., another Gang of Eight member, to inspect conditions there as they finalize their bill. The legislation would impose new border security requirements before any path to citizenship could begin, which is critical to Republicans in the group.

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