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The President sees Speaker Boehner passing immigration reform

This morning's frontpage story in The Hill says President BarackObama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.

President Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week.

Obama sees immigration reform as a source for optimism in what has otherwise shaped up as a tough year for Democrats.

He predicted the House would pass something this year, said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who attended the meeting.

Obama cautioned senators to brace themselves for difficult negotiations with House Republicans later this year.

He said were then all going to have a challenging conversation, Kaine added. He said it was more likely than not the House would do something.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the Senate-passed immigration bill, described Obama as cautiously optimistic after the meeting. MORE...


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