(KPNX) As members of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight," Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake helped usher a sweeping immigration-reform bill through the Senate in June, and the Arizona Republicans have continued to argue their case that the legislation would secure the border, boost the economy and draw millions out of the shadows.
But now, it's largely a waiting game as they watch what the Republican-led House of Representatives does in the fall.
McCain and Flake are using the five-week congressional recess to preach their message and hope the public pressures skeptical House Republicans to support immigration reform.
Their efforts have included meeting with business leaders across the state and participating Tuesday in a special hourlong forum on immigration at the Mesa Arts Center.
Arizona's four Republican House members have indicated they oppose the Senate bill, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said the House won't take it up.
But the House is expected to move forward, as early as October, on a series of bills that take smaller bites at the immigration issue.
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