Take Two for February 18, 2013

The national battle over immigration reform

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 29, 2013. Obama hailed a "genuine desire" among warring U.S. politicians to pursue immigration reform, ahead of a speech laying out his own approach to the politically fiery issue.

Last week, the White House reportedly sent copies of its draft proposal on the issue to government officials who deal with border security and other immigration issues. USA Today wrote about that plan this weekend, touching off a wave of criticism from legislators working on their own immigration proposals.

In response, the new White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told ABC News their immigration plan is still just a work in progress:

"We have not proposed anything to Capitol Hill yet. We've got a bill, we're doing exactly what the president said we would do last month in Las Vegas. Which is, we're preparing, we're going to be ready. We've developed each of these proposals so we're in a position to succeed."

For more on this, we're joined now by Manu Raju, senior congressional reporter for POLITICO. 


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