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Big Week for Advocates of an Immigration Overhaul

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McCain is part of a bipartisan group of six senators working on a plan for new immigration laws.

Frank Sharry, executive director of left-leaning immigration advocacy group America’s Voice, said he expects hearings to take place next month, with a markup in March or April.

Even as the Senate group prepares to unveil its package, Obama is expected to visit Las Vegas on Jan. 29 to lay down a marker on what he wants to see in an immigration overhaul package.

“He will speak about the blueprint that has been available to the public for more than a year,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “These are the principles that the president believes we can now move forward on together as a nation. What has been absent in the time since he put those principles forward has been a willingness by Republicans, generally speaking, to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform. What he hopes is that that dynamic has changed.”

Carney’s comments came after the president met Friday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reiterate his support for taking on the issue.

According to a statement from the White House, at the meeting, “the President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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