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Obama to appeal to Republicans on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama at a meeting in 2012.

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House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama at a meeting in 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will try to ratchet up pressure on House Republicans this week to pass legislation overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.

Obama will do interviews from the White House Tuesday with Spanish language television stations from Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York. The White House says the president will argue that immigration reform is in line with the nation’s values and in the country’s economic interests.

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Obama’s personal appeals come amid deep uncertainty over the future of the immigration overhaul that is a centerpiece of the president’s second term agenda.

The Senate has passed a sweeping bill but GOP leaders in the House say that legislation is flawed. House Speaker John Boehner says many of his members want to deal with immigration but in a methodical, step-by-step fashion.

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