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President Obama's call for immigration reform: Will Congress answer?

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US President Barack Obama speaks about comprehensive immigration reform during a speech at American University School of International Service in Washington, DC, July 1, 2010. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

This morning President Obama called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although he asked the legislature in May to begin work on a bill this year, he gave no specific timeline in this morning’s speech. He did emphasize, however, that an immigration overhaul is dead in the water without GOP support. Will Republicans in Congress get behind the effort? Reps. Bilbray and Becerra join Larry to debate how—and when—immigration legislation should be tackled.

Guests:

Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-California’s 50th District, Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus

Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California’s 31st District; Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus

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