Obama: Immigration overhaul can boost recovery

Obama says immigration overhaul can be a big boost to US economic recovery

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Obama: Immigration overhaul can boost recovery
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy. The uncertainty over an immigration overhaul in the House of Representatives has dimmed the White House’s hopes for a summertime achievement and left President Barack Obama still in search of a marquee legislative accomplishment to mark his second term. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation's immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery.

In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama cites former President George W. Bush's support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it's a good place to start.

The Senate has already passed a bipartisan bill. Obama says now the House must act. He says Americans should use email and Facebook and phone calls to tell their representatives to take action.

In the Republican address, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming says Americans are paying the price for Obama's health care law. He says it's time to admit the law is failing. He's urging a "permanent delay" in the law's implementation.

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Online:

Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov

GOP address: www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress

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