Obama sure immigration reform coming soon

Washington, March 29 (IANS) President Barack Obama is confident that immigration reform to resolve the problem of 11 million illegal immigrants, including some 260,000 Indians, is coming soon.

A group of lawmakers are close to working out the details of their proposal, he said in interviews Wednesday with two of America's largest Spanish-language broadcast television networks, Telemundo and Univision.

"I'm actually very optimistic that when they return in early April we will see a bill ready to move through the process," he was quoted by CNN as telling Telemundo.

"The most important thing is that we are seeing a strong compromise to resolve the problem," he said. "I've got my own legislation, I'm prepared to step in, but I don't think that's going to be necessary."

In another interview, Obama told Univision: "My sense is that they are close,". "My expectation is we'll see a bill on the floor of the Senate next month."

If a bill is introduced next month, Obama told Telemundo he was "confident we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer."

CNN citing a source familiar with the immigration reform proposal negotiations reported last week that a bipartisan group of eight senators had tentatively agreed to some of the stickiest issues, like a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and metrics for securing the border.

But there was a key issue before the "gang of eight" - four Democrats and four Republicans-that had yet to be resolved: how to construct a guest worker programme for the future.

The senators were haggling over details like how much low-skilled guest workers would be paid, and how many workers would be allowed into the country each year, the source was quoted as saying by the news channel.

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