The Common Good

Obama Pushing Immigration As New Doubts Emerge In House

The White House is intensifying its push to get an immigration overhaul through Congress this year, but House Speaker John Boehner cast new doubt Wednesday about the prospects for quick action.

In the Oval Office Wednesday, religious leaders discussed a plan to connect religious messages around Christmas with the plight of illegal immigrants and need for action, participants said. The discussion centered on "how can you help the country to get past the politics" that have engulfed immigration, said Jim Wallis, president of the liberal Christian group Sojourners, who was at the meeting. He said Mr. Obama told them, "You all can do more to change the country than I can do."