Obama: Opponents Of Immigration Overhaul Stoking Fears, Dividing Americans

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President Barack Obama says there's no reason Congress can't pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama says there’s no reason Congress can’t pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there’s no reason Congress can’t pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama pushes a bipartisan bill the Senate is debating that creates a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people in the U.S. illegally.

Obama says the bill’s opponents will do everything possible to stop it. He says they’ll play politics, stoke fear and divide people.

He says if they succeed, the nation will miss a chance to fix a badly broken system. He’s urging Americans to tell their lawmakers we must get immigration done.

In the Republican address, Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana says House Republicans have acted to prevent a student loan rate increase next month. He says Senate Democrats should stop stalling.

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