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Obama to push ahead on immigration overhaul early in 2013: NYT

Published on Jan 14, 2013 7:24 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama is forging ahead on a wide-ranging plan to overhaul the US immigration system early this year, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Mr Obama wants to advance the plan even as he faces tough battles with Congress over fiscal issues and gun-control laws, and may lay out his ideas during his annual State of the Union address on Feb 12, the Times said, citing senior administration officials and lawmakers.

The president had made immigration reform a key promise for his second term, and said in November after he won the election that he expected a bill would be introduced in Congress shortly after his January inauguration.

"We are still assessing our options, no decisions have been finalized and as a result it would be premature to speculate - reports to the contrary are inaccurate," a senior administration official told Reuters on Sunday.

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