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Top Republican 'confident' of US immigration deal

Published on Nov 9, 2012 9:11 AM
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) makes remarks on Capitol Hill on Nov 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Boehner discussed the looming fiscal cliff and called on President Obama to work with House Republicans. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US House Speaker John Boehner expressed confidence on Thursday that he and his Republicans can work with President Barack Obama in hammering out a comprehensive deal on immigration.

Republican nominee Mitt Romney's tack to the right during his presidential campaign, particularly on immigration, was a key reason he lost the Hispanic vote by a wide margin in his defeat to Mr Obama on Tuesday.

Now, with Republican soul-searching beginning in the aftermath of the election, immigration is seen as one way to frame the Republican Party as more inclusive of Latinos, the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.

"This issue has been around far too long," Mr Boehner, the country's most senior Republican, told ABC News in an interview.

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