Obama pleased with Senate progress on immigration
June 12th, 2013
09:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama pleased with Senate progress on immigration

Miami (CNN) – At a fundraiser in Florida on Wednesday, President Barack Obama praised the U.S. Senate on its success moving forward to a debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, telling donors the procedural move is a great step towards passing a bipartisan bill.

“I’m pleased to see that we got a good vote this week so far on immigration,” the president said, citing it as a rare example of bipartisanship in today’s politics. “That immigration bill is on the floor, and I think we have an enormous opportunity to get a bipartisan immigration bill done. And that will be not just an enormous political achievement, but an important economic foundation for us to continue to attract the best and the brightest from all around the world.”

That type of bipartisanship is too rare, the president continued, and he blamed Republicans for being “more interested in winning the next election than helping the next generation.”

The remarks came at a dinner hosted by Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan, the first of two events the president attended in Miami Beach to help raise money for the Democratic National Committee. During dinner at Sullivan’s home, the president spoke to roughly 50 guests and encouraged them to help make his job easier by supporting Congressional Democrats in next year’s midterm elections.

“We’ve still got an awful lot of work to do,” Obama said, citing education reform, climate change, college affordability and U.S. manufacturing as issues that need to be addressed in his second term. “But I can’t do it by myself. I’ve got to have partners.”

And today’s Democratic Party, the president said, best represents America’s values when it comes to these important issues.

“That hasn’t always been the case,” Obama said. “I come from Illinois, and we had a pretty good Republican President named Lincoln.”

Straddling the line between president and head of the Democratic Party, Obama vowed to keep reaching across the aisle to engage Republicans in the search for solutions.

“I will spend the next three-and-a-half years doing everything I can to work with anybody - Democrat, Republican or independent - to advance the cause of middle-class families and everybody who’s willing to work hard to get into the middle class,” Obama said to applause. “I will be doing that, but I tell you what, it would be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate to do it.”

The president’s second stop in Miami was a reception at the home of philanthropist Joe Blount, where he delivered similar remarks before roughly 175 supporters. Tickets to both the dinner and the reception ranged from $1,000 to $32,000.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. jfrebello

    What is the real value of passing this Immigration bill, which is bunch of lies and misdirection, with bipartisan support? It's despicable. Unless you have something to gain, such as big business or part of the Hispanic/Latino community you would recognize that this bill is a sham. I'm not sure how politicians who vote for such trash are able to sleep at night knowing, as they well must, that they are selling out this country for short-term political expediency.

    June 12, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Ed1

    They way it is now it shouldn't be passed.

    Go home and come in the front door like everybody else before you.

    June 12, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    My god minimum $1000 for dinner first question there'd better be Beluga caviar, lots of truffles soufflés and crepes galore, or I'd spend the probable $300 bucks in top line chefs restaurant.
    Why is being elected a politician so expensive?
    Gosh I have an idea for presidential elections lets fund the final candidates selected with $1bn of government money ( half of what Romney and Obama raised) and then we consumers can spend 1bn more in growing the economy.
    Then only 527's can indulge in political ads or supporting candidates( = cut/ repeal/ 501(c )4's) with a per capita cap on individual donors, or corporate donors, or any other so called donor.
    All PAC ads to be "this message approved by xyz pac," so that donors can if they get too political change their mind about donating.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 13, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  4. forumsforjustice

    Current Status along the 1,951 mile Southwest border ....

    351 miles of varying types of pedestrian fence; exception 36.3 miles of double, and triple-layered fence at key points (i.e. San Luis, AZ, and Smugglers Gulch, CA).
    300 miles of vehicle barriers

    129 miles of border under full control
    873 miles under operational control

    18,516 Border Patrol agents

    Everything I have heard, or read, over the past five years indicates that the Southwest Border Patrol agents' consensus, is that they now apprehend an estimated 1, out of every 3, illegal immigrant border crossers.

    Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Monthly Apprehensions (Source: DHS/CBP)
    as of April 2, 2013, Rio Grande Valley arrests were up 53% to 59,147
    RGV apprehensions through May, are over 90,000
    FY2013 projected 149,576 +53%
    FY2012......97,762 +65%
    FY2011......59,243

    Border Patrol Nationwide Monthly Apprehensions (Source: DHS/CBP)
    FY2013 projected –415,678 +14.0%
    FY2012–364,768 +7.2%
    FY2011–340,252

    Bryan Roberts, who used to evaluate border and immigration programs for the Department of Homeland Security, "To catch 90 percent of all illegal crossers — which is what the Senate bill demands — the Border Patrol would have to triple the number of agents on the ground from 20,000 to 60,000."

    Critics say the government often is too fixated on high-technology solutions. C. Stewart Verdery Jr., a former Homeland Security official who now runs a lobbying firm, said federal officials should instead focus their limited resources on making it harder for illegal immigrants to work in the United States, an approach that would serve as an effective deterrent.

    “Where are you going to get the biggest bang for the buck?” Mr. Verdery said.
    “Enforcement of the workplace is probably the best area to invest more dollars.”

    June 13, 2013 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. Thomas

    This will put Rubio on the spot . Walk your talk !

    Rand Paul will Stall all the way to the floor

    June 13, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. Patriot21

    BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN OBAMA DOES NOTHING FOR ANYTHING!!!!! Obama always lets other people write the legislations and do the hard work. Obama wasn't even a co-author of Obamacare.

    June 13, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  7. Richard Long

    Surprise!!! Obama at another fundraiser!
    "Laser focus in jobs...". Yep. For 13 million criminal immigrants. Forget the 24 million US citizens that are unemployed.

    June 13, 2013 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  8. Guest

    Kill the bill! Go to numbersusa, write and call your representatives, reclaim our nation from thieves and liars.

    June 13, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Nation needs talented immigrants–not junk, cheats.

    June 13, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |