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But Obama, aware that House Republicans won't appreciate any hectoring from him, didn't set out any legislative markers, including requiring a pathway to legal status and ultimately citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
"To not get into the details -- it should be this, it should be that -- is smart," Schumer said.
"It's fine," Durbin said, adding that he believes such a pathway needs to be in a final immigration bill. "But I'm not going to rule out any possibilities. Let's at this point open up the conversation by the House taking action."
House Republicans plan to discuss their immigration proposals during the three-day GOP retreat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland starting Wednesday.
"He didn't spend a tremendous amount of time dwelling on it, but I think that is probably wise given the fact that there is still a debate going on about the right way to address it," Rubio said.
"You can't be for helping Americans unemployed and be for amnesty that's going to bring more illegal immigration to our country in the same speech," he said.
"The best course of action is to say, 'We're not taking up immigration,'" King said. "We can't trust the president.'"