April 20th, 2010
09:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls Scott Brown to start immigration reform push

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, got a phone call from the president on Tuesday.
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, got a phone call from the president on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama called Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon to try to get him on board with Democrats hoping to pass immigration reform, Brown's spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN.

Gitcho said Brown told the president he would review the proposal, but made no commitment. White House spokesman Bill Burton confirmed the President called the Senator to discuss the legislation on Tuesday during his return flight from California aboard Air Force One.

Currently, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is the only GOP Senator on board with moving on immigration reform, but he has told Democrats they will lose his support unless they find another Republican.

Graham and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told the president during a meeting last month that they wanted him to start calling other Republican targets to bring them on board. Brown is one of those potential targets, according to a Democratic source familiar with that conversation.

Gitcho said the president gave no timeline to Brown on when Democrats want to move forward on immigration, but other Democratic sources told CNN if they don’t get other GOP commitments in the next month or so, they will likely push to move a bill without Republican support.

Multiple Democratic sources said the chances of passing immigration reform in that scenario this year are very slim, but they want to make clear to key constituencies they are at least trying.


Filed under: 2010 • Immigration • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. kelly volcy

    i wish they would just pass this reform there to many children out there without there either there mother or father they need to fix this thank you

    April 20, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Obamalism

    Typical... Never would Obama ever dream of pushing legislation that would get true bi-partisan support (or majority american support for that matter)... Nope, he'll go as far left as possible and try to peal away the 2 GOP senators needed to block a filibuster.

    We couldn't afford Amnesty before (especially before Obamacare) and we sure as heck can't afford it now.

    I know, I know... the dems need a new voting block after they just spit in 60% of America's face with 'healthcare' reform.

    April 20, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The best way to slow illegal immigration into our country is to stop hiring people who are here illegally. Companies who knowingly hire illegal aliens should be prosecuted and fined.

    People wouldn't risk their lives to come here if there weren't employers willing to break our laws, in an effort to skirt labor laws and under-pay their workers.

    April 20, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. tom puhlman

    Why are they targeting a senator that isn't anywhere close to the problem such as California or Arizona. I think the administration needs to truely look at a better solution than amnesty. We have enough citizens out of work that need to be taken care of before we spend so much more on non citizens.

    April 20, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    Scotty ... want to keep your job?

    Vote as a moderate and then switch parties [join the Democrats] right before the Senate primary in Massachusetts. Your final vote will have to be extremely liberal so that the Republicans soundly reject you.

    If you do, the Democratic party may get behind you and guarantee your re-election.

    April 20, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. jj

    Lets rambo...
    True colours will come out!

    April 20, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. raingirl2

    forget any thoughts of amnesty it just won't work this time 1986 this congress promised that would be the last amnesty you all lied don't try it again we are fed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 20, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. OBAMACARES

    The chance's are slim and none if the dem's exspect the loser's \ party of no to put politics aside and work together on anything

    April 20, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. me and mr b, Whidbey Isle WA

    America is owed the same autonomy as Mexico and Vatican City but we're Nazis and Mexico and Vatican City are hypocrites. Mexico and Vatican City "tear down those walls"

    We don't need reform we need enforcement.

    April 20, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Michele

    Why doesn't Graham find his own support? If he believes in the reform, why isn't he selling it to his party? I didn't think bipartisanship meant that one party did all the work while the other takes credit.

    April 20, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Brian L

    If Marco Rubio wins in Florida Obama can save some time.... Rubio is campaigning he will block everything Obama tries to do.... period.

    April 20, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Harry Christiansen

    i hope they pass any kind of immigration reform the current system dont work

    April 20, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Richard Komi

    I just want to remind Sen. Scott Brown that he is holding the people's seat not anybody's seat. So when the people's president(Obama) calls on him Brown to do the people's business there should be no partisan sentiments.

    April 20, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Sue

    Don't do it Senator Brown!!!

    The majority in the country do NOT want any form of amnesty-–rewards/accommodations for illegals.

    The Democrats only want you on board--because they know that this issue will even further guarantee that they get clobbered at the polls in November.

    Do not go any where near any "comprehensive immigration reform" Bill-–AKA amnesty-–that the Democrats are going to try to shove down our throats next.

    April 20, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. Robert

    They are named 'illegal' because that is what they are. They are breaking the laws of the United States of America and should be put into their own Countrys and made to come back here 'by the rules' – Bravo Arizona!!!!!! The only reason Obama wants to make them all legal is for their votes since he has burned all the bridges with everyone else. Wake up America and pay attention!!!! Roosevelt is probably rolling over in his grave.

    April 20, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Okay, Brownee. Time to see if you have any cojones, or if you prefer to be a one termer. This is a defining moment – you are either with us or against us!

    April 20, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. SumanMD

    Can we just have the fall elections now so these cry-baby republicans can maybe start contributing to a working government. Useless bunch of winers, only complain, and half the time against stuff they are normally for ..and offer ZERO solutions. Dumbest people in America and their supporters. hands down.

    April 20, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. phillip Marlowe

    Will the real Scott Brown please stand up.

    April 20, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. rleb2002@yahoo.com

    Till a emigration REFORM is done,.Spanish people should make, a BOICOT to all Arizona Businesses and goberment s, those Racist and nazis, infiltrated into all the Nation Republican party, who are pushing, all Latin and all races different than them, to be DISCRIMINATED IN ALL ASPECTS OF DECENT LIFE. they are pushing, al races different than them to the point of DESPERATION, for those living in there, and they are taking their RACISM to FAR. begin a contra is , one the way to combat this, is to begin a BOICOT to all business coming from ARIZONA and others ,especially from those industries identified whit this RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION, which they want TO EXTEND TO our California.So all especially Spanish people, should joint, when this boycott ,could begin soon!

    April 20, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. MatthewDetroit

    VOTE NO on letting the Illegal immigrants just stay....

    They all need to be deported and get at the back of the line......

    They should NOT be allowed to jump the line... that is just wrong...
    People have waited and worked within the laws correctly..

    They also NEED to change the law that states if you are born here you are a citizen.... The Illegals drop a baby in a ditch and call it a citizen...and then we PAY for the problem.... It needs to end now.

    April 21, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  21. Ryan

    Haha! Geez why is President Obama the most amazing president ever!?!?
    See, he's playing chess while everyone else is on checkers. If the immigration reform works out then republicans can't scream Obama was a partisan player. But if it fails, it will prove how incompetent Republicans really are and why should we the people employ those who refuse to WORK? Not to mention, does Scott Brown really want to demonstrate failure so quickly out of the gate or will his first order of business be refusing his boss a simple request to work for his country?

    I love watching the GOP get screwed. I do.

    April 21, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  22. Mihael

    Immigration reform for this country is long over due and the time to act is now. The GOP is a party of NO and mark my words they ll oppose it before the take even a look at the proposal. Immigration reform is good for this country,makes it grow economically, strong millitarilly and every aspect. Good policies are good politics. God bless america..

    April 21, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. Mihael

    CNN ll always give the GOP all the air time they need to oppose immigration reform as they did in the healthcare reform, but history will always favour democrat,chage is coming to america. Financial reform ll be passed unanimously,energy reform, education reform and immigration reform ll be fellowed.

    April 21, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  24. Clifford in New York

    Obama wants to push through this immigration reform because he has pissed off his base that got him elected! Now he wants amnesty for these illegal immigrants to secure there votes for 2012! This country is soooo screwed under Obama!

    April 21, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Hope to Change

    Scott Brown better watch out!!!!! Democrats alone can't get him re-elected he experience that himself. Independences and Republicans can vote someone else in if turn his back on them. He can agree with the Democrats but not very often or he'll fall out of his senate chair comes next election.

    April 21, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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