Obama to press immigration Tuesday
January 28th, 2013
09:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to press immigration Tuesday

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday to highlight his immigration proposals, he will not introduce new legislation, according to senior administration officials.

He will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

These same Democratic sources say the president will praise the Senate for the bipartisan blueprint outlined Monday by a "gang of eight" senators – while arguing the issue must not get bogged down in the kind of political fights that derailed past bipartisan policy battles. According to sources, he will say there have been bipartisan "gangs" before and they don't always lead to results.

Democratic sources told CNN's Dana Bash the White House was considering the idea of introducing its own bill on the issue–a rare move by the executive branch–but members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met privately with Obama on Friday to discourage him from taking such a strategy.

They said legislation from the White House could interrupt bipartisan efforts in Congress that are already underway. The eight senators unveiled their framework one day before the president's Nevada speech so they could start the national dialogue on their bipartisan terrain, sources familiar with the proposals said. CNN also reported that a similar bipartisan effort is in the works in the House of Representatives.

The sources argued the Senate plan is consistent with the president's plan and they're pleased Republicans agree that millions of undocumented workers in the country should have a path to citizenship. But that proposal has yet to be turned into legislation and the administration is waiting to see the details.

Should the bipartisan Senate plan fall apart, officials added the administration is prepared to have the Senate act on Obama's legislation, which they're holding back for now.

The president, they said, is the politician best able to sell real immigration reform in the Latino community because he's popular; Obama won 71% of the Latino vote in the last election.

– CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Immigration • Nevada • President Obama
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Immigration reform is the right thing to do. Democrats have always held the moral high ground on this issue. President Obama is keeping his promise.

    January 28, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    Obama is not stopping the latinos from coming to america. The latinos are coming to the america gets jobs an homes also cars an foodstamps just like the americas during.

    January 29, 2013 05:13 am at 5:13 am |