Obama puts immigration in Congress' court

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5/19/2011 3:06:07 AM - AP News
FILE - In this May 10, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about immigration reform in El Paso, Texas. With a re-election campaign looming, Obama is pushing Congress to overhaul the immigration system, but lawmakers seems to have little appetite to take on the issue. (AP Photo/LM Otero) The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2010, file photo, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. With a re-election campaign looming, President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to overhaul the immigration system, but lawmakers seems to have little appetite to take on the issue. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, File) The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010, file photo, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., second from left, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the Dream Act legislation. From left are, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif. With a re-election campaign looming, President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to overhaul the immigration system, but lawmakers seems to have little appetite to take on the issue. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — With a re-election campaign looming, President Barack Obama is putting the pressure back on Congress to overhaul America's immigration system.But Republican lawmakers, who now control the House, say there is little chance that any laws will pass that allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country.About the only change lawmakers seem to agree may be possible is a plan that has yet to be written requiring businesses to use the government's E-Verify system to ensure foreign workers are authorized to be in the U.S. and hold jobs.Obama started his push to overhaul the immigration system last month with a White House meeting and other events involving Latino celebrities. He has followed up with speeches at the border in El Paso, Texas, and in Washington.