Obama to renew call for immigration reform
October 23rd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama to renew call for immigration reform

Updated 8:11 p.m. ET, 10/23/2013

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Thursday to take back up comprehensive immigration reform.

The White House says that Obama will make the announcement on Thursday (at 10:35 a.m.) The statement will be delivered in the White House East Room.

“Commonsense immigration is good for the country and it’s the right thing to do. It will grow the economy, reduce the deficit, and has broad support from both democrats and republicans, business and labor, as well as law enforcement and faith leaders,” a White House official said.

“The President has made clear the key principles that must be a part of any bipartisan, commonsense effort, including continuing to strengthen border security, creating an earned path to citizenship, holding employers accountable, and bringing our immigration system into the 21st century.”

Immigration reform had been placed on the backburner after the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill in June that went nowhere in the House of Representatives. Controlled by Republicans, the House has said it would prefer to undertake a number of smaller bills instead of the one large package passed by the Senate.

House Democrats introduced their own version at the beginning of the month, one without the huge expansion of the Border Patrol included in the Senate bill.

One of the most contentious parts of the Senate version was a one-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Many Republicans have rejected any route to legal status as amnesty for lawbreakers.

–CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • White House
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. mike

    great idea, let's ruin American healthcare and American jobs in the same year!

    October 23, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. American Worker

    Reforming something neglected to through making it a crisis; to be taken advantage of.

    October 23, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. American Worker

    Governing by crisis; still.

    October 23, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Bmike

    Repubs..want to keep in the shadows..no citzenship..work for low wages..make these businesses a ton money...and surpress wages for american workers...vote them out 2014...

    October 23, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Harold Richards

    Obama can't even get his signature/flagship legislation launched properly. It is a total disaster. Now he is pushing for immigration reform?! It will be another disaster in the making!

    October 23, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. nothingbutsurrender

    I find it insulting that they expect us to believe that providing full benefits of us citizens or residents will help the economy and cut the debt. They are primarily low wage earners, and low wage earners whether legal or not do not pay enough to cover their benefits. This is reality. People who make more cover the difference. Giving illegals legal status will cost this country an enormous amount of money.

    October 23, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Abbey

    With the ACA debacle unfolding, watch this president do the Texas 2 Step and change the headline before most Americans realize that Obamacare is going to be a modern day disaster.

    October 23, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    Can at least the House and Senate have a conference committee to try to work out the differences unlike other bills in the recent past? If they don't, we'll have many more problems for the rest of the term. We don't need more problems.

    October 23, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. Dave

    Nothing new, Harry Reid aka "spineless weasel " wants to grant them blanket amnesty so they can keep him in office. Let's just open boarder let everyone come in unchecked and bring in all their diseases with them so we all can get sick then Pres Obama aka "God" can fix us all with his wonderful Obama care!

    October 23, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Catmandew

    Mr president why don't you work for the people that elected you? We have enough other things to fix unemployment, the budget, your disastrous healthcare law, the economy , entitlement reforms and another dozen or so other things. Why are you so concerned with this problem? If you'd been this concerned with your signature legislation maybe it wouldn't be such a failure!

    October 23, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Michael

    Yes it's about time, it's good to see both party are working together for the greater good of the country. God is watching and he love to see that's taking place right now... You are the leader of the world so lead America is the greatest country in the world that birth leader so lead and make the world follow god bless one love

    October 23, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Galactus93

    NO AMNESTY and No pathway to US Citizenship for illegal aliens living in the United States. We need our Federal Government to start enforcing our immigration laws and to start deporting all illegal aliens, secure the border and fine anyone who hires an illegal alien. If we made E-Verify mandatory and retro-active, employers could fire millions of illegal aliens and create millions of jobs for American citizens. We should not be rewarding criminals, but deporting them.

    October 23, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. ug

    He can call for it but he won't get it...

    October 23, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. liku

    Hey we have a lot of problems to deal with now. I don't think congress have the energy to talk about immigration. People don't have a job in their own country and w e are botherin about illegals. And so on and so forth. Please please

    October 23, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Belvarie Varnado

    Uh-oh ., here we go. You know this isn't going to be good. As anti-American as Obama is we might just as well put out a welcome sign. There'll be no restrictions, no border security.

    October 23, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Henry2016

    No amnesty for the illegals and the undocumented, secure the borders. Best, go back to work on your unfinished business which is the BUDGET.

    October 23, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. McBob79

    The guy is clueless. We have huge problems and he's simply playing politics again. People, listen carefully. Right now over 49% of Americans receive benefits from one or more government programs which means 51% are paying for 49%. This is an indisputable fact. Now, if you let 11 million illegals, many of which are low wage workers, into this country then you'll have a situation where those of us who actually pay taxes will have to support even more people without any sort of entitlement reform. It's unsustainable! IT cannot be done.

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    October 23, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. McBob79

    Dude is so out of touch

    October 23, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Iman

    I do not want to lose my job so I will not say anything against the government.

    October 23, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Steve Hamilton

    Has anyone in the HOuse read the CBO report that says enactment of the Senate immigration bill will reduce the deficit by 700 BILLION DOLLARS? Has anyone in the House read the recent IMF report which states that austerity budgets damage economies recovering from a recession? Does anyone but me see a connection?

    If the House would pass the Senate immigration bill, then Congress wouldn't have to slash expenditures, and the country could afford to invest in infrastructure, improved education, medical research, and other projects to help the economy recover and create jobs.

    October 23, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. simplyput

    And next for your entertainment, the Affordable Immigration Act, with no perceptible *cash register.*

    October 23, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    This is real work that needs to be done but the TPublicans are too caught up on the "website thing". Any real work will have to be done solely by the democrats as much as possible.

    October 23, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. RossOKC

    We need immigration reform. Hopefully this is something both parties can work on.

    October 23, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. SpgfldTom

    So after being denied his desire for a shooting war in Syria, his failure to work with the Republicans on a budget compromise and the ObamaCare website disaster, the President wants to tackle "Immigration Reform"? Sir, with your track record you may find that a hard sell.

    October 23, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. miriam corea

    We need a new emigration reform ASAP we being living with under this TPS (temporary protect status ) since hurricane mitch back in 2000 ,,,it is time for permanent status reform !!!!!!perhaps "a permanent GREEN CARD

    October 23, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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