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Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor has high hopes for immigration bill

Congressman Ed Pastor

PHOENIX -- Arizona Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor is giving the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee's immigration reform plan high marks.

The Gang of 8, which includes Arizona Republican Sens. JOhn McCain and Jeff Flake, has sent its immigration overhaul plan to the full Senate, where it will be heard this month.

Pastor, of Phoenix, believes it will pass the Senate before reaching the House in July.

"I like what I see so far. Yes I do," Pastor said. "It was a great plan to begin with. I'm glad the president supports it. I think it will do well in the Senate."

Pastor won't speculate on the chances of immigration reform surviving the House. Pastor believed the House could craft its own immigration bill and possibly incorporate the Senate bill.

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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.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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