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Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

There's some dispute over who said what, but the bottom line: House Speaker John Boehner has not committed to an immigration vote later this year.

Some folks began to wonder after a Las Vegas newspaper quoted White House aide Valerie Jarrett as suggesting Boehner would call for a vote this summer.

"I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done," Jarrett reportedly told a conference of investors. "We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who's very frustrated with his caucus."

When journalists raised questions, Jarrett tweeted out that her comments were "lost in translation -- I said Boehner has made commitment to trying, not that he has made commitment to us or time frame."

For their part, Boehner aides said he has never committed to a vote, and that President Obama must do more to show he will act to maintain border security.

"Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system, but as the speaker has said repeatedly, it's difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.

The Democratic-run Senate passed an immigration bill last year, and the Obama administration is trying to pressure the Republican-run House into following suit.

Many Republicans oppose a Senate provision that would provide a pathway to citizenship for those who are already in the country illegally.



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