Obama says bill must resolve immigrants' status

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is suggesting he would not sign an immigration bill without a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.

Obama tells the Spanish-language television network Telemundo that, quote, "it does not make sense to me."

Obama says the effort to finally fix the system must resolve the status of these immigrants or the U.S. will end up with two classes of people: full citizens and those permanently resigned to a lower status.

A comprehensive bill passed by the Senate would allow these immigrants to eventually become citizens. Many House Republicans are against that.

Obama also says the House will probably pass a bill in the fall. He had pressed to have a bill to sign into law before the August recess.

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