The Gang’s rock-solid unity is already fueling anger from conservatives and critics. | AP Photo

We continue to pray for the swift passage of immigration reform that is just, fair and compassionate. The radicals that would have there be no progress will not win!

The Senate Gang of Eight has largely controlled the Senate Judiciary Committee’s immigration markup, and the group’s next step: shielding a painstakingly negotiated agreement for a new guest worker program.

This week, the gang will have to fend off amendments from both the right and left to fiddle with the program, either to appease businesses or insert stronger protections for labor. Much as they did with border security measures last week, the four members of the gang on the Judiciary Committee, who brokered the immigration deal will aim to band together and defeat changes that could prove fatal to the overall bill.

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