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Obama, Religious Leaders Seek Immigration Overhaul

Obama, Religious Leaders Seek Immigration Overhaul

(AP) Obama, religious leaders seek immigration overhaul
WASHINGTON
The White House says religious leaders and President Barack Obama have agreed there is a moral imperative for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws and are committed to pushing Congress to act.

Eight leaders of faith-based organizations met with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials Wednesday in an effort to maintain pressure on lawmakers. The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that increases border security and provides a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, however, said the House will not attempt to find a compromise with the Senate bill.

The White House, in a read-out of the president’s meeting, said the religious leaders voiced concern that the current system is hurting families in their congregations.

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