Obama to Begin Immigration Reform Push Next Week

Next week President Barack Obama will begin his second term push for immigration reform—something he called his "top legislative priority" at a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Friday morning. Members at the meeting said the president's aim to create a path to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country was in line with their goals. "We have made it crystal clear that any bill that does not include a pathway to earned citizenship will not have our support," Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, a Texas Democrat and Chairman of the CHC said in a statement. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for such a measure and it is expected to be one the key components of a set of proposals outlined soon by a Senate working group. According to The Associated Press, the Senate group is working to draft an immigration bill by March and pass legislation in the upper chamber by August. Obama has emphasized his commitment to getting such a bill passed. "I think we have talked about it long enough," Obama said in an interview on "Meet the Press" in December. "We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support. That's something we should get done."

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