June 11th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama pushes high-stakes immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to build momentum for an immigration reform bill facing a key Senate procedural vote, saying the measure was a commonsense approach to fix a broken system that has allowed 11 million people to live illegally in America.

At a White House event a few hours before the Senate was scheduled to vote on whether to debate the compromise measure, Obama emphasized that it would increase spending on border security and require undocumented immigrants to pursue what he called an "arduous" path to eventual citizenship.

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  1. Bill

    Huge political stakes – of course that's all this is about. Politically the correct thing to do. The is government has become a joke.

    June 11, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Ed1

    Send them home and make them come in the front door like everybody else period.

    June 11, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Get some fresh popcorn, folks. This is sure to be a grand show featuring the Grand Old Party. There will be conservative grandstanding, and liberal hyperbole. There will be a tear jerking moments from both sides. The first production of this fiasco ended with Republicans holding the stronger hand. What will happen in the sequel.

    SPOILER ALERT: The reform legislation dies tragically on the Senate floor.

    June 11, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. ghost

    Real reform will not come until the GOP is replaced in Congress. Only then will this country move forward at a much faster pace. 2014

    June 11, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ed1

    Send them home and make them come in the front door like everybody else period.
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    But you don't want to pay for the cost of that, right?

    June 11, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    how rich.....the GOP'er Rubio was for it before he was against it....how typical. Posture, grandstand, and pontificate all you want republicans. If you don't pass this, you can kiss the Latino vote goodbye in even bigger numbers than in 2012

    June 11, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Ed1

    Send them home and make them come in the front door like everybody else period.
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    But you don't want to pay for the cost of that, right?

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    Or the rising cost of everything from food to manufacturing to hotel stays as those industries would be forced to hire
    Americans who can't and won't be bullied into accepting substandard wages – and they won't have to because there will no longer be illegal workers to undercut them!

    June 11, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Bill

    Huge political stakes – of course that's all this is about. Politically the correct thing to do. The is government has become a joke.
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    The joke is on the American People. The folks who support such implosive ideas. They're seduced by altruistic rhetoric about keep government out of our lives, when the hidden agenda is to remove as many rules as possible so that the bigger fish can come along and eat you alive.

    Okay, you get rid of federal governemnt, and you're all for states' rights. Now the crosshairs are set on state governments, then your local county government until there is nothing left but life on the open range. Life will be just like the pre-statehood days of the wild west, pilgrim. The only law will be the rules made by how many hired guns you can muster. It sounds lovely.

    June 11, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Okay, you get rid of federal governemnt, and you're all for states' rights. Now the crosshairs are set on state governments, then your local county government until there is nothing left but life on the open range. Life will be just like the pre-statehood days of the wild west, pilgrim. The only law will be the rules made by how many hired guns you can muster. It sounds lovely."
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    No one is saying to get rid of the federal government. A lot of people do realize that the bloated monster we have today no longer remotely resembles the small central government the founders crafted. Thomas Jefferson was absolutely right when he remarked (paraphrasing) "When the people realize they can vote themselves monies from the public treasury, the Republic will end".

    June 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Thomas Jefferson was absolutely right when he remarked (paraphrasing) "When the people realize they can vote themselves monies from the public treasury, the Republic will end".

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    In other words, the republic ended with the USSC's "Citizens Uninted" fiasco.

    June 11, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    "Citizens Uninted" fiasco.

    "Uninted"???!!!! Oh noes – I'm channeling Michele Bachmann!

    June 11, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "In other words, the republic ended with the USSC's "Citizens Uninted" fiasco."
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    It ended WAY before that.

    June 11, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "In other words, the republic ended with the USSC's "Citizens Uninted" fiasco."
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    And what does Citizens United have to do with people voting themselves monies from the public treasury? Quite a stretch, even for you.

    June 11, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Fari is Fair:

    No one is saying to get rid of the federal government. A lot of people do realize that the bloated monster we have today no longer remotely resembles the small central government the founders crafted.
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    Oh yes, they are. Maybe not you, perhaps, but the extreme libertarians out there would be glad to see it all go. They have no qualms about saying so, either. They have a champion named Rand Paul. They want to live like the way they did on "The Waltons", in a barter society on the open range.

    June 11, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "And what does Citizens United have to do with people voting themselves monies from the public treasury? Quite a stretch, even for you."

    Have you seen our tax code's myriad wealthy-oriented and corporate loopholes and tax expenditures, or maybe the list of corporate subsidies our gov't hands out? Citizens United is an end-run around corporations not being able to vote and the wealthy only having one vote each. It's a means of buying the loyalty and decision-making of our representatives while misinforming large swaths of the public in order to get them to vote against their own interests and in the interests of said wealthy and corporations. If you haven't wrapped your head around the concept of every dollar being spent being another "vote," then there's no hope for you.

    June 11, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Steveo

    Rudy NYC,

    .....extreme libertarians...
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    The word "EXTREME" is the key. The EXTREME left want all government all the time, the EXTREME right want almost no government. Most of us understand there is a place for government but we don't want government to get too big for its britches!

    June 11, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. ryche

    and whoever mentioned citizens united, i bet you had no problem with all the leftie unions pumping money into the coffers of your duly elected democrat... you're just mad now bc anyone can now contribute just like the unions did.. its equal play time now... too bad so sad..

    June 11, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Name lynn

    Obama dont have to push high stakes, hes the president an whats hes says about the immigration bill thats thats. Let the people come to the united states an make a better life. Now people you cannot tell whos a killer, child molester, gang bangers an theives, when its come to judging the immigrations bill leave the people alone.

    June 11, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    @Fair is Fair,

    Well, two of the Founders wanted a small central government: Jefferson and Madison. Others, like Washington, Adams, Hamilton, and Jay, preferred a strong central government, Hamilton going so far as to advocate for a National Bank.
    The "Federalists" lost the short-term battle, but won in the long run when Lincoln inaugurated the new Empire version of the USA.

    Come to think of it, why do modern Democrats claim Jefferson; why do modern Republicans claim Lincoln? Seems like it should be the reverse.

    June 11, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Sure... pass some more useless laws that the Democrats won't enforce. Give everybody citizenship, all of their relatives too. Given them all free healthcare. And then watch as another 20 million invade our country because the government refuses to enforce our laws. Too expensive... Can't deport millions... You're cruel.... blah, blah, blah...

    We don't have a broken immigratin system, we have an unenforced immigration system. That will not change when the law is changed. The American people will get screwed yet again.

    June 11, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |