WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is stepping to the forefront of the immigration debate this week after ceding negotiations to Congress for much of the year.

The president is doing two television interviews with Spanish-language television stations. He held a citizenship event at the White House this week, where he prodded lawmakers to wrap up talks on a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law.

But wary of tripping up that delicate bipartisan effort, Obama is still largely avoiding the prickly policy issues that remain unresolved, including a new low-skilled worker program that has split business and labor. The White House prefers to leave those details to lawmakers, calculating that a bill crafted by Capitol Hill stands a better chance of winning Republican support than one overtly influenced by the president.