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Top Catholic bishop presses House on immigration

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DONNA CASSATA | November 7, 2013 05:12 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on the House to act on immigration legislation before the end of the year.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner on Thursday saying passage of an immigration bill is a matter of "great moral urgency" that can no longer wait. Dolan said reports of delays in the House were troubling.

The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill in June, but legislation remains stalled in the House.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said the Speaker supports a step-by-step process to fix the broken immigration system.