Newspaper article Roll Call

Obama Trusts Immigration Gang to Produce Bill

Newspaper article Roll Call

Obama Trusts Immigration Gang to Produce Bill

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President Barack Obama told Spanish-language news that he has confidence in the ability of the bipartisan "gang of eight" to produce a bill by early April and that he's counting on it being "before the Senate" next month.

In an interview with Univision on Wednesday afternoon, Obama was asked if he would make good on his threat to put forward his own bill if the group does not unveil its bill after the Easter and Passover recess as promised.

"In terms of timing, I am actually optimistic when we get back they will introduce a bill, so I am not going to presuppose that they don't," Obama said.

Obama had previously warned that he would interject himself into the process with his own measure if Congress takes too long to act. But Obama on Wednesday said he was pleased with the progress the group of eight senators has made and believes they will produce a bill.

"My sense is that they've come close [to completing their work], and my expectation is that we will see a bill before the Senate next month," Obama said.

Indeed, four members of the group visited the Arizona border Wednesday and said they were making good progress.

"I'd say we are 90 percent there," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., during a press conference from the border Wednesday. "We have a few little problems to work on; we've been on the phone all day talking to our other four colleagues who aren't here.

Meanwhile, Obama told Univision that he is open to improving border security, but he stressed, as he often has, that his administration has already been working on it. …

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