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A big week ahead in the border battle.

A group of eight bi-partisan senators plan to unveil comprehensive immigration reform.

Sunday morning some of those senators hit the news talk shows to reassure all Americans that a deal is imminent.

"We need to have a path to citizenship and we need to have secure borders," Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain is one of the lawmakers of the so-called "Gang of 8".

"Most Americans agree that, if you pay back taxes, if you pay a fine, if you learn English, if you go to the back of the line, then you can and should be eligible for a path to citizenship," said McCain.

It's that language that's marking a sea of change for Republicans, who appear to be moving away from the debate over self-deportation that was so prevalent during the 2012 campaign of Mitt Romney.

Instead, the GOP is now agreeing to a clear path to citizenship.

"Every corner of the Republican party from libertarians to the RNC, house Republicans and the rank and file Republican party member, is now understanding there has to be an earned pathway to citizenship. That gives us leverage on immigration with our Democratic friends," said Senator Lindsey Graham.

Both sides have been working 12 hours a day trying to hammer out legislation.

The cooperation is being called a bright spot in Washington and it may help them achieve their ultimate goal: finding a solution for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the us.

"We feel very good the product they are working on is a product that is completely consistent with what the President has put forward, what he ran on, and will actually address immigration reform in a common sense way," said Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Adviser.

"All of us have said that there will be no agreement until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill. But, hopefully, we can get that done by the end of the week," said Senator Charles Schumer.

It may not be "smooth sailing."

On Friday, four Republican members of the judiciary committee sent a letter to the Gang of 8 complaining that they were being rushed into get an immigration reform bill done with no additional committee hearings.

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