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Obama says he can live with piecemeal approach on immigration

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washi
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a piecemeal approach to achieving a U.S. immigration overhaul in the U.S. Congress is acceptable to him if it is easier than gaining passage of one large legislative bill.

At a Wall Street Journal forum, Obama said he remains optimistic that an elusive immigration overhaul will be completed. A Senate-passed reform bill has been stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

"If they want to chop that thing up in five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like," Obama said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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