Separately Friday, there were signs of progress from a House bipartisan group that's been meeting in secret to write an immigration bill. Most attention has focused on the Senate because it's expected to act first, but Democrats in the House group met Thursday to brief House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, while the group's Republicans met Friday with House Speaker John Boehner. Through spokesmen, both leaders praised the group's efforts.
The House group is now expected to unveil its legislation sometime in April, though details remain unclear, including the shape of any path to legal status or citizenship for illegal immigrants.
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