Senate's "Gang of 8" to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Washington, Mar 26 (EFE).- Several members of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators who are negotiating immigration reform will visit the U.S. border with Mexico as part of their efforts to reach an accord.

In a communique, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that he and three of his colleagues will travel to Nogales, Arizona, on Wednesday to discuss the negotiations underway for a plan to legalize the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

McCain will be accompanied by Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado and by fellow Arizona Republican Jeff Flake.

On Monday, during a townhall meeting in Arizona, McCain warned that he could offer no guarantees about when an immigration reform bill might be introduced, though he did say that "progress" had been made in the difficult negotiations.

During a naturalization ceremony Monday at the White House, President Barack Obama again urged Congress to come up with a bill for immigration reform by next month.

Though that is the intention of the Group of Eight, negotiations have run into a number of stumbling blocks, such as how to control the future flow of immigration, limiting visas for families and formulating a guestworker program.

Congress will resume work the second week in April.