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February 13, 2013

Obama to meet with Senate Democrats on immigration

President Obama will meet Wednesday with the four Democrats in the Senate who are leading their chamber's immigration overhaul, a senior administration official said.

Obama praised the bipartisan effort in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. But he has said that he would send legislation to Congress if lawmakers fail to pass a bill.

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Michael Bennet, D-Colo. and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J. will meet with Obama at the White House. The four Republicans senators were not invited to attend.

Some Republicans and Democrats agree on broad outlines of legislation that would allow the estimated 11 million who reside in the United States illegally to become citizens. The biggest disagreement is over what the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would need to do to become citizens.

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