May 19, 2010 2:32 PM

President says he'll need GOP help on immigration reform

President Barack Obama says he needs some help from Republicans in order to get immigration reform legislation through Congress.

Obama made the comments at a joint news conference Wednesday with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who is under pressure at home to push Obama for action on the immigration issue.  Obama has consistently voiced support for comprehensive legislation that would crack down on businesses, secure the border and offer a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

He said Wednesday he's confident it can happen - if some Republicans step forward to help. Obama noted that otherwise, he doesn't have the 60 votes he needs in the Senate. And the Republican support Obama says he needs does not appear to exist in this election year.


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