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10:18 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Obama Pushes For Immigration Reform In El Paso

El Paso – President Barack Obama is using the backdrop of a Texas border city to renew his call for overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

The president's speech in El Paso on immigration will be the latest in a series of presidential events on the issue.

The president has been devoting a significant amount of time to immigration, even though there's little if any chance that congressional Republicans will sign off on legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

The White House says Obama wants to boost public support for immigration legislation to pressure Congress to act. Critics say it's politics and Obama is just trying to get the Hispanic vote.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.