Three-month window for immigration overhaul, Obama says

BY Associated Press  May 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM EST
US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during an event in the East Room of the White House on April 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking during an event in the East Room of the White House on April 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says there’s a two-to three-month window for an immigration overhaul to pass Congress this year before the midterm elections take over.

Obama is meeting with law enforcement leaders about fixing the immigration system. He’s highlighting support from traditionally conservative constituencies like law enforcement, evangelicals and the business community.

Obama is touting a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate, but says he’s, in his words, “not hell-bent” on having every letter of that bill reach his desk. Still, he says there’s certain principles that must be included, such as a path to citizenship.

Obama says House Speaker John Boehner wants to do immigration. But he says a handful of House Republicans are blocking it. He says there’s only a narrow window to get the process started.