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The White House may turn its focus to immigration for the remainder of 2018 after momentum on President Donald Trump's infrastructure plans stalled on Capitol Hill.

"It's been a constant priority for the president and something we'd certainly still like to see," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said when asked if the focus for the rest of 2018 would be immigration.

At a briefing held May 9, Sanders indicated that no infrastructure bill would be ready this year.

"I don't know that there will be one by the end of this year," she said. "Certainly, the administration, as you mentioned, secured some funding for infrastructure projects. We also laid out priorities that we wanted to see in an infrastructure legislation package. ... But in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I'm not aware that that will happen by the end of the year."

Sanders noted that immigration has been a priority for the president, as a small group of Republicans works to bring a series of immigration votes to the House floor, despite opposition from party leadership.

"Certainly we'd love to see something done on immigration. It's something the president has been talking about for a long time," Sanders said. "There's still some movement on that front, and we would still like to see something happen."