January 29th, 2013
08:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to pitch immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas on Tuesday to make his pitch for an overhaul of the immigration system after failing to press the issue during his first four years in office.

With his re-election last November aided by strong support from Latino voters, Obama has made a comprehensive immigration bill a top legislative priority of his second term.

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  1. GuestAgain

    When all of the illegals show up protesting they should be arrested. If they are not, we are further wasting tax payers dollars by paying to enforce laws not actually being enforced. Pretty simple really. If you dont do your job, INS/Border Patrol/ etc. you dont get paid!!

    January 29, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I really have no pity for the deported people who make the "you're breaking up families" argument when it comes to deporting individuals. If you break the law, then you serve your designated punishment. No one makes the "family break up" argument if the punishment is 20 years in a federal prison 3000 miles away.

    So why make that argument when the punishment is pack it up and move 3000 miles away? The deportee knew the risk, accepted the risk, and exposed his family to the risk. Yes, the family is a victim, but they are a victim of your own law breaking not cruel and unusual punishment by the government.

    January 29, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican flip flop on immigration is better late than never. Guess some Republican politicians have more to fear from Hispanic voters than Tea Party/anit-immigrant zealots and Rush Limbaugh.

    January 29, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Glen Torrance

    Is a sad state of affairs when politicians will look the other way to criminal activity just to make sure they don't loose the only job they know. What is next looking the other way for drug dealers because they have so much money?

    January 29, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Moose

    How about fixing the economy for the next 11 mil who will have no jobs when bamman execs another order to give all a pass, he is just flooding the work place, no common sense in his responsabilities to America

    January 29, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. confused

    I agree, Rudy. Illegal means against the law. To support someone doing something against the law further is what is called "Accessory" (also a crime). I dont know why we cant enforce the laws we already have I.E. guns, immigration, etc.

    January 29, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    GuestAgain

    When all of the illegals show up protesting they should be arrested. If they are not, we are further wasting tax payers dollars by paying to enforce laws not actually being enforced. Pretty simple really. If you dont do your job, INS/Border Patrol/ etc. you dont get paid!!
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    That's brilliant. Would you mind sharing with us the "Five Ws" on incarcerating an estimated 11 million people? Please include a detailed cost analysis, complete with funding projections. None of that Paul Ryan "I haven't run the numbers" stuff, please.

    Please include detailed diplomatic analysis explaining how foreign countries will be compelled to acceept these people. Many of the illegals from south of our border come from areas where detailed birth records are not kept. I would estimate that as many as 1 in 6 of the 11 million illegals come from areas that have no record of their existence. So when countries tell you that never heard of the person, they will be telling you the truth. Now what? Construct a Guantanomo for illegal immigrants?

    January 29, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is such a sitcky wicket as it were. There are jobs that some of these people are doing that no one else is going to do or want to do. It makes me wonder what work some Americans are really willing to do; whine about dirty jobs really? I

    think that there should be easier ways to get the help to farmers and other jobs that might hire these people. I am not sure that I would really want to have them get citizenship. There should be some restriction because they kept in the dark for so long. Paying back taxes on what they earned on those years they were illegally here is a no-brainer for me. Learning English shouldn't be a shock either; most governmental and business functions are done that way.

    January 29, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Wilson

    @Rudy NYC

    I really have no pity for the deported people who make the "you're breaking up families" argument when it comes to deporting individuals. If you break the law, then you serve your designated punishment. No one makes the "family break up" argument if the punishment is 20 years in a federal prison 3000 miles away.

    So why make that argument when the punishment is pack it up and move 3000 miles away? The deportee knew the risk, accepted the risk, and exposed his family to the risk. Yes, the family is a victim, but they are a victim of your own law breaking not cruel and unusual punishment by the government.
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    This doesn't sound like you. Are you feeling ok? You have actually posted something I completely agree with.

    January 29, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Joel Gaughan

    If you want to fix the immigration problem in the USA you need to ask why the 11 million illegal immigrants did not come here legally. The answer is easy, there is no path or course for unskilled workers to immigrate to the USA. You need a professional skill, a college degree or enough money to open a business but they is no path for the poor and unskilled workers to enter the USA legally. If the government doesn't fix that problem you will always have people entering the USA illegally.

    January 29, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Wilson wrote

    @Rudy NYC – This doesn't sound like you. Are you feeling ok? You have actually posted something I completely agree with.
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    I'm a moderate, not a hard left liberal. What else is there to explain? Except that the far right has moved so far to the right that even the center looks like the extreme left to them.

    January 29, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |