Obama on immigration: ‘Let’s get this done’

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President Barack Obama gestures while giving his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is renewing his call for a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system, telling Congress during his State of the Union address: “Now let’s get this done.”

He asked for a bill in the next few months and pledged to sign it “right away.”

Obama wants legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., among other steps.

Eight Republican and Democratic senators are working to complete a bill by next month.

An aide says the four Democratic senators in the group plan to update Obama on their progress during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

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