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Valerie Jarrett: Immigration Promise 'Lost In Translation'

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Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett took to Twitter on Friday to reject reports that the Obama administration has a commitment from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform before the midterm elections.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that Obama's top adviser told investors and donors of Boehner's promise at the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference:

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has told the administration he would like to see immigration reform pass as well, Jarrett said, although plenty of GOP caucus members are against the Senate bill, particularly those aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement.

Jarrett believes Boehner will allow a comprehensive immigration reform bill, or a package of bills, to come up for a vote after the primary election to avoid spoiling some GOP candidates’ chances.

“I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done,” Jarrett said. “We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus.”

After MSNBC News' Chuck Todd shared the story on Twitter, Jarrett responded, saying her message had been "lost in translation":

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel echoed Jarrett's insistence that the speaker has made no commitment to pass immigration reform by November.

"Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system, but as the speaker has said repeatedly, it's difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written," he said Friday.

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