Will Congress Finish Immigration Deal by Summer's End?

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According to President Obama, there should be no reason why Congress won't be able to pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer.

Fox News Latino says Obama pushed a bipartisan bill the Senate is currently debating which will create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people who are in the United States illegally, during his weekly radio and Internet address. Obama said the bill's opponents will do everything possible to ensure it is not passed, including instilling fear and dividing people.

Obama is hopeful this bill can pass by then, but will so many senators having different opinions, it may not be so simple.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, one of the bill's opponents, is claiming the bill will weaken current law and that the promised steps to the secure the border will not work. "In truth, the bill is amnesty first and a promise of enforcement later," he said. This is coming from the same senator who declared on Friday that "nobody" was being deported, when in fact 400,000 people were expelled last year, according to the Huffington Post.

On the opposite side of the spectrum stands Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte. Sen. Ayotte said on Sunday that she is in support of the bipartisan immigration overhaul and declared that the "broken immigration system we have now" is "unworthy of a great nation."

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