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Obama, religious leaders seek immigration overhaul

November 13, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

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

The White House said the religious leaders expressed concern that the current immigration system is hurting families in their congregations.

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