/ Modified jul 18, 2013 11:24 a.m.

McCain: Strong Campaigns for Immigration Bill Lacking

The Republican senator said business and religious groups could influence House Republicans' votes for the reform.

Supporters of far-reaching immigration legislation see an uphill battle to get a bill to President Barack Obama's desk. They said outside advocates need to step up their efforts.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a lead author of the comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last month. McCain warned that his side is not winning the fight.

He said there needs to be a concerted campaign that's so far been lacking, particularly from business and religious groups that can influence House Republicans.

Immigration legislation has been in limbo since the Senate acted on a bill last month.

House Speaker John Boehner said again Thursday that House will address the issue in a deliberate, step-by-step approach, starting with border security.

But no action is expected until September at the earliest.

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