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Arizona congressman: Immigration reform close, but not done

PHOENIX -- Comprehensive immigration reform still has hurdles to overcome, said Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor.

"The problem is that the so-called Gang of Eight on immigration reform wants to make the negotiations with anybody leaking it," he said. "Once you leak information, then you get people favoring and opposing reform and before you know it, you get more conflict and chatter outside of the negotiations. "

The Gang of Eight includes Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. John McCain.

Another of Pastor's chief concerns is how to define a secure border. That is a major trigger point in the reform for millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. who want to become citizens.

"I think the legalization is something they've worked out because you're hearing more commonality on it," he said. "With the AFL-CIO and National Chamber of Commerce working out a deal with the guest worker program, that puts them pretty far ahead."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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