Speaker hopeful of immigration action this year

October 23, 2013 • Business

Alina Cortes, born in Mexico and lives in Texas, second from right, speaks to reporters as she stands with other DREAMers (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), calling for reform of the immigration system, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. They say the current immigration system is outdated, undermines military readiness, separates military families, and prevents talent from joining its enlisted and officer ranks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner expressed optimism on Wednesday about House action by year’s end on stalled efforts to overhaul immigration as Republicans discussed possible limited steps to deal with the contentious issue.

Boehner publicly and privately raised the possibility of a House vote although he faces strong opposition from tea partyers even more resistant to giving President Barack Obama a domestic achievement after the recent rancorous fight over the partial government shutdown.

“I still think immigration reform is an important subject that needs to be addressed. And I’m Login to read more

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