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Overhaul immigration laws now, Obama tells Congress

Ready to file own bill if efforts in Senate falter

WASHINGTON — President Obama challenged Congress Monday to ‘‘finish the job’’ of passing legislation aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

With members of the House and Senate away on spring break, Obama made his most substantive remarks on the difficult issue in more than a month, saying he expects lawmakers to take up debate on a measure quickly and he hopes to sign it into law as soon as possible.

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