President Obama expressed confidence Wednesday that lawmakers will strike a bipartisan immigration deal by the end of the summer.
“If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I’m confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer,” the president told Telemundo.
Obama taped interviews with both Telemundo and Univision on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to build momentum for an immigration deal, an achievement that seems within his grasp.
The bipartisan Senate group is expected to present a draft bill when Congress returns from a two-week Easter recess on April 8. Members of the group have expressed optimism they will be able to coalesce around a deal that tightens border security but also provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.