Obama To Outline Immigration Reform Plans In Nevada Speech
Creating a pathway for illegal immigrants to become citizens remains main goal.
President Barack Obama is expected to outline his plans for immigration reform when he travels to Nevada Tuesday. He began his effort for reform by meeting with Latino members of Congress Friday, calling immigration his top legislative priority. Upon hearing that the White House would be making an announcement regarding immigration, a bipartisan group in the Senate rushed to finish a statement of principles on immigration. The group included Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and John McCain of Arizona.
The November election showed the changing dynamics of the country, making Republicans realize how badly the loss of Latino voters hurt them. Finally, many Republicans are easing up on the divisive debate over immigration. However, a strong segment in the House still appears to be against anything that resembles amnesty for those entering the country illegally. In contrast, that is a central goal for any comprehensive immigration reform President Obama will support. He hasn’t decided whether the White House will draft an administration bill or support measures drafted by Congress. (LA TImes)