Obama Promises Immigration Reform

New Mexico – Advocacy groups say President Barack Obama has assured them that he remains committed to a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. But what can be accomplished on the issue this year remains unclear.

At the White House on Thursday, the president spent more than an hour discussing his promise to rewrite U.S. immigration laws. He was to meet later Thursday with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican. The lawmakers are drafting a bill on the issue.

Obama had promised to tackle the immigration issue in his first year in office. That hasn't happened, and advocates are growing restless. The groups are bringing tens of thousands of people from around the country to Washington for a demonstration on March 21.

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