WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama enters 2014 clinging to the hope of winning an overhaul of immigration laws.
It will require a deft use of his powers, combining a public campaign with behind-the-scenes outreach to Congress.
Recently, both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have sent signals that have raised expectations among overhaul supporters that 2014 could still yield the first comprehensive change in immigration laws in nearly three decades.
If the president is successful, it would fulfill an Obama promise many Latinos say is long overdue.
The Senate last year passed a bipartisan bill that addressed border security, provided enforcement measures and offered a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally. House leaders, pressed by tea party conservatives, demanded a more limited and piecemeal approach.
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