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June 29, 2013

In Africa, Obama urges House to pass immigration overhaul

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged the House to pass a rewrite of the nation's immigration laws before its August recess.

"There’s more than enough time," Obama said at a news conference in South Africa. "This thing has been debated amply, and they’ve got a bunch of weeks to get it done. And now is the time."

The Senate this week passed a bill. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, a

"I think they worked very hard. It’s not the perfect bill, but it’s consistent with the principles I laid out of strong border security, of reformed legal immigration system, and a pathway to citizenship for those who are currently in undocumented status inside the United States," Obama said. "The framework that the Senate has set up is a sound framework. It doesn’t reflect everything that I would like. Nobody is going to get 100 percent of what they want -- not labor, not business, not the advocates, not me."

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