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With Senate agreement imminent, public phase of immigration debate set to begin

Sunday - 4/7/2013, 4:31pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The public debate over the nation's immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.

Negotiators are cautioning there will be struggles ahead for an issue that's defied resolution for years. An immigration deal came close on the Senate floor in 2007 but collapsed amid interest group bickering and an angry public backlash.

Sen. John McCain tells CBS' "Face the Nation,": "There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn't get what they wanted." The Arizona Republican is leading a group of eight senators negotiating the legislation.

Appearing alongside McCain, Sen. Chuck Schumer adds, "There are people on both sides who are against this bill, and they will be able to shoot at it." While the group missed a self-imposed deadline to have their bill ready in March, the New York Democrat says he hopes it will happen this week.

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APPHOTO WX102: In this photo released by CBS News Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appear on Sunday, April 7, 2013, on's CBS's "Face the Nation". McCain and Schumer spoke about gun legislation, the latest developments with North Korea and immigration. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher) (7 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO WX103: In this photo provided by CBS News, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appear on Sunday, April 7, 2013, on CBS' "Face the Nation." McCain and Schumer spoke about gun legislation, the latest developments with North Korea and immigration, with Schumer saying he's hoping for a bipartisan deal by the end of this week on a sweeping immigration bill to secure the border and allow eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher) (7 Apr 2013)

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