Obama: 3-month window for immigration this year

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.