Obama adviser optimistic on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House adviser says the stars seemed aligned for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

Speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," David Plouffe (pluhf) said support for reform is strong among lawmakers, the business community and the American people.

He says there's, quote, "no reason" immigration reform shouldn't move through Congress this year.

Plouffe also is optimistic about passing stricter gun laws but expects a long fight.

He says last month's massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, quote, "changed the debate."

He says, quote, "It's going to be a hard battle, but we're confident."

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.