WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says this is the moment to pass immigration reform.
Obama says now that the partial government shutdown is over, Republicans and Democrats should be able to work together to fix what he called "a broken immigration system."
The president said in remarks from the White House East Room Thursday that he wants Congress to act on immigration before the end of the year.
House Speaker John Boehner says he is optimistic the Republican-led House could act on immigration by year's end. But it's not certain that Republicans will support the comprehensive approach Obama is seeking.
The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a wide-ranging bill in June with bipartisan support, but the measure stalled in the House. Most House Republicans want a piece-by-piece approach.