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President Obama is encouraged by reports that a bipartisan immigration reform bill is taking shape in the Senate, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.

“It is something that is necessary because it will be good for our economy, it will be good for our businesses, it will be good for the middle class,” Carney said. “And the president is focused on working with Congress to get this very important piece of business done on behalf of the American people and the American economy. That’s his priority.”

President Obama is waiting for the Senate to produce an immigration reform bill, “because that allows the best opportunity for legislation to become law, legislation that fits the principles the president’s put forward,” Carney added.

President Obama “has made clear that he is encouraged by the progress that’s being made in the Senate and wants to see it continue and to produce a result.”

Four Republican and four Democratic senators are writing a bill that addresses border security and eventual citizenship for the 11 million people who have come to this country illegally.

On Sunday, one of the Democrats, Sen. Chuck Schumer, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that part of the bill has been drafted already, and the rest will be done this week.

“I am very, very optimistic that we will have an agreement among the eight of us next week,” Schumer said. He also said the eight lawmakers have agreed “that we’re not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that.”

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