Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Obama Speech: "Common Sense on Comprehensive Immigration Reform"

Full video of Obama's speech on immigration reform, January 29th, 2013 in Las Vegas:

Link to the White House fact sheet:

CNN's "This Just In" blog with responses from various politicians:

On Monday, the bipartisan "gang of 8" Senators put forward their proposals for immigration reform:


January 29, 2013

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform this afternoon in Las Vegas, Nevada:“I appreciate the President’s support for our bipartisan effort on comprehensive immigration reform. While there are some differences in our approaches to this issue, we share the belief that any reform must recognize America as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. We should all agree that border security and enforcement is particularly important in order to ensure that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the 1986 immigration reform. The road ahead will be not be easy, but I am cautiously optimistic that working together, we can find common ground and move forward on this vitally important issue.”

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal

There have been many reports on the group of Senators who have been working since last Fall on a comprehensive immigration reform proposal. From the Washington Post, "A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward major legislation in years."
Today Senator Dick Durbin says that the proposal will include a path to citizenship, something that many Republicans have argued against
Key issue: President Barack Obama met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday, January 25, 2013, to discuss immigration reform as a way to revive the middle class
President Obama met with Hispanic leaders on Friday affirming that immigration reform will be at the top of the agenda for his second term:
He will give a speech in Nevada on Tuesday to kick off his public campaign for immigration reform:,0,5303860.story

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Will gun control and the deficit push immigration down the agenda?

President Obama has pledged to push for comprehensive immigration reform early in his second term, but there are many hurdles ahead:
The contentious fiscal cliff negotiations indicate that Congress, in particular the House of Representatives, may not be able to get to immigration reform this session, despite the many assurances after the election that it would be at the top of the agenda.  The last minute agreement left many issues unresolved, in particular the sequester spending cuts, and the debt ceiling.  The new Congress is unlikely to be less contentious than the last. With the new session just getting underway, immigration will certainly be on the agenda, and the lead is likely to be taken by the Senate.  Gun control has moved to the top of the agenda after the Newtwon shootings and Vice President Biden will be reporting policy proposals to the President by the end of the month.
Immigration reform advocates are concerned that gun control will take the place of immigration on the agenda:

In the meantime, President Obama has taken new steps to reduce family separations in cases where some are citizens and some are undocumented:
It is well known that the Obama administration stepped up deportations during his first term, new data indicates that the administration spent more on immigration enforcement than any other federal law enforcement in the past year: