Obama Launches Push for Immigration Overhaul

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security.

    The president will launch his push in a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, a day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled their own plan for addressing an issue that has languished in Washington for years.

    Administration officials said Obama would largely endorse the senators’ efforts, though immigration advocates said they expected the president’s own proposals to be more progressive than the Senate group’s plan, including a faster pathway to citizenship.

    The simultaneous immigration campaigns were spurred by the November presidential election, in which Obama won an overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters. The results caused Republican lawmakers who had previously opposed immigration reform to reconsider in order to rebuild the party’s reputation among Hispanics, an increasingly powerful political force.

    Most of the recommendations Obama will make Tuesday are not new. He outlined an immigration blueprint in May 2011 but exerted little political capital to get it passed by Congress, to the disappointment of many Hispanics.

    Obama “will certainly note today the promising signs we’ve seen in Congress, most specifically the bipartisan principles put together by the group of senators that mirror his own principles,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Nevada. “That is cause for hope. And what you’ll hear from the president today is how we need to take these initial positive steps and continue to move forward so that actual legislation is produced.”

    The president was to make his pitch in Nevada, a political battleground he carried in November, in large part because of support from Hispanics in the state.

    Nationally, Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, giving him a key advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney.

    Administration officials said the president would bolster his 2011 immigration blueprint with some fresh details. His original plan centered on four key areas: a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., improved border security, an overhaul of the legal immigration system, and an easier process for businesses to verify the legal status of workers.

    Administration officials said they were encouraged to see the Senate backing the same broad principles. In part because of the fast action on Capitol Hill, Obama does not currently plan to send lawmakers formal immigration legislation.

    However, officials said the White House does have legislation drafted and could fall back on it should the Senate process stall. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal strategy.

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    2 thoughts on “Obama Launches Push for Immigration Overhaul

    1. Why is it when it comes down to a white man’s created rule, everyone else is in the wrong. This country once belonged to Mexicans and “Native Americans”. The Whites were the Immigrants in the beginning. But since they have come over and bullied everyone out of their rightful place NOW those that were here first are Illegal and immigrants. Just like after the hurrican in New Orleans there were refugees everywhere, but New York and New Jersey were never referred to having not even one refugee, was it because there were more whites involved this time around? The system is corrupt and twisted to suit the powers that be.

    2. Blacks will be most affected by illegals becoming citizens. This means more competition for grant money for college, more competition for jobs. This will affect all of us but will definitely have a huge impact on the black community. Not to mention Obama’s stance on abortion knowing that blacks have the highest abortion rates. He’s replacing aborted black babies with illegals.

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