Obama: Congress can finish immigration this summer

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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2012 file photo, University of Tennessee student Travis Kennedy takes a few minutes on the way to class to sit on the South Lawn Ayers Hall in Knoxville, Tenn. Twenty-one leaders of Tennessee's colleges and universities have sent a letter to the state's two U.S. senators urging their support for immigration reform that will allow more graduates to remain in the country after they finish their education. The letter dated Wednesday, June 5, 2013 asks Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to back a bi-partisan plan that would ensure foreign-born students educated in U.S. universities will have a clear path to work in this country after graduation. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick, File
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2012 file photo, University of Tennessee student Travis Kennedy takes a few minutes on the way to class to sit on the South Lawn Ayers Hall in Knoxville, Tenn. Twenty-one leaders of Tennessee's colleges and universities have sent a letter to the state's two U.S. senators urging their support for immigration reform that will allow more graduates to remain in the country after they finish their education. The letter dated Wednesday, June 5, 2013 asks Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to back a bi-partisan plan that would ensure foreign-born students educated in U.S. universities will have a clear path to work in this country after graduation. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick, File

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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Online:

Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov

GOP address: www.youtube.com/HouseConference

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