Obama to put immigration back in spotlight
October 24th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama to put immigration back in spotlight

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will put comprehensive immigration reform back in the spotlight, a White House official said.

Obama is to make an announcement about the issue at 10:35 a.m. from the White House East Room.

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  1. just asking

    smoke and mirrors to distract from the obamacare disaster. way too obvious.

    besides, what has obama shown he can fix in 5 years? nothing. why prove your incompetence further by tackling yet another issue you will only make worse?

    October 24, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. smith

    @data-my taxes can go to the wall and yours can go to taking care of illegal immigrants.

    October 24, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. just saying

    rs
    smith
    How about putting a spotlight on building a wall and or stopping the mass flood of illegal immigration.
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    What massive flood is that? Under President Obama, we have had record arrest and deportations of illegal immigrants.
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    and yet there are still 10-20 million illegals in this country. why is that??? because they refuse to deport every single illegal they catch in this country. they refuse to enforce the laws already on the books.

    deporting 10 people in 2010 and then 20 people in 2011 qualifies as 'record deportations'. that is how you still get 10-200 million illegals in this country.

    October 24, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Well, Rudy, I guess we'll just agree to disagree on this. But, as we're in the ring and I'm dancing around like the 98-lbs weakling that I am, I'll try one last jab before covering up on the ropes: I remind you that immigration is not just Obama's personal agenda. It's the agenda of millions of legal citizens who want something done about it for the sake of their families. You do make a good point, however, by suggesting a jobs bill to counteract the effects of the GOP shutdown is also good politics.

    Dare I suggest that Obama can push for both?
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    Like I said, good idea, but bad timing. Look at what has happened to gun control reform in 2013. It's been forgoten. It died months ago, and it isn't even Election Day, yet.

    Right now the focus should be on jobs, in order to repair the economic damage caused by the government shutdown. We should keep the $24 billion hit to the economy in the converrsation and make the Tea Party own a sluggish economy in 2014.

    October 24, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Data: "While about 25% of this country's voters will be satisfied with hearings on websites, the other 75% won't be. Cuidado, Republicans."

    Your comment got lost in the shuffle! Well said.

    October 24, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    DM4O wrote:

    Jobs? Do you honestly think the GOP is going to go all JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! on us again this close to 2014? It will only serve as a blaring reminder that they failed their last JOBS! meme.

    "Give them Immigration to hang themselves with"

    Exactly Lynda!
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    I agree with you 100%. The GOTP will hang themselves on immigration. And, they'll probably do it before the year is up, and the hanging will be completely forgotten about by November 2014. There's an Election Day coming in less than two weeks and everyone has forgotten about the uproar the right wing caused when 90% of Americans wanted sensible gun reforms. Going big on immigration reform will only cause it to be a dead horse come November 2014.

    October 24, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy: "Going big on immigration reform will only cause it to be a dead horse come November 2014."

    I'm confused by your comments, Rudy. A dead horse for whom?

    October 24, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "Right now the focus should be on jobs, in order to repair the economic damage caused by the government shutdown. We should keep the $24 billion hit to the economy in the converrsation and make the Tea Party own a sluggish economy in 2014."
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    $24 Billion is less that 2 tenths of 1% of the $17 Trillion GDP... hardly enough to cause a "sluggish economy". But by all means, go with it. You'll get a handful of low-info's to buy it, but you'll look foolish to most.

    October 24, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Right now the focus should be on jobs"

    Focusing on immigration reform IS focusing on jobs. It's not deniable and ignoring it as though the two are separate and distinct issues, rather than inextricably linked, is ridiculous.

    October 24, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. RIchard Long

    Obamacare: 1025 pages = train-wreck
    Immigration Reform Bill: 1100 pages = soon to be-epic/legendary-disaster

    US Constitution: 6 pages = 226 years old and ran the country for 222 years

    October 24, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    @smith,

    "-my taxes can go to the wall and yours can go to taking care of illegal immigrants."

    And I want to be lounging poolside between Beyonce and Scarlett Johansson.

    You know what else is totally hot? Reality

    October 24, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "deporting 10 people in 2010 and then 20 people in 2011 qualifies as 'record deportations'."

    Deportations (actual removals per fiscal year):

    2000 – 188,000
    2001 – 189,000
    2002 – 165,000
    2003 – 211,000
    2004 – 241,000
    2005 – 246,000
    2006 – 281,000
    2007 – 319,000
    2008 – 360,000
    2009 – 393,000
    2010 – 385,000
    2011 – 392,000

    Congress funds for 400,000. Obama has been setting the records by a longshot. Not only that, but he's done it despite prioritizing dangerous felons over others (so you can stop whining about that, because it's working). Moreover, he's done it even though it's been a major point of contention for his with the Hispanic community, which shows he's not pandering or playing politics with it. Grow up.

    October 24, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Right now the focus should be on jobs"

    Focusing on immigration reform IS focusing on jobs. It's not deniable and ignoring it as though the two are separate and distinct issues, rather than inextricably linked, is ridiculous.
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    By focusing a big spotlight on Immigration Reform now, come November 2014 immigration will be a beaten dead horse. Look at what happened to gun reform in 2013. Why play your ace in the hole now?

    BTW, I've never said immigration doesn't create jobs. My whole point is that now is not a good time to push the subject. It plays straight into the negative narrative that the right wing paints on the President. I think most of you are thinking too much like liberals. In other words, short term gratification at the expense of long term strategy. That's how the GOP has ruled over Democrats for decades.

    October 24, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "By focusing a big spotlight on Immigration Reform now, come November 2014 immigration will be a beaten dead horse. "

    I disagree and I disagree that it's appropriate for him to hold the card in his sleeve so it will be more politically useful nearer November 2014. I also disagree that it's an issue that will ever be a beaten dead horse in light of the fact that it's a central, fundamental, core, determinative issue for the fastest growing percentage of voters out there, who will NOT forget if the GOP/Teatrolls kill immigration reform or continue to kick the can down the road. It needs to be addressed and needs to be addressed NOW, should have been addressed long ago and holding off for imaginary political advantage reasons is not what he was elected to do.

    "It plays straight into the negative narrative that the right wing paints on the President."'

    I disagree with that too. Obama should continue to do and try to do the right thing no matter what nonsense the GOP/Teatrolls are spewing. It has consistently backfired on them the past 5 years and there's really not much negative for them to say about Obama supporting a Senate bill that doubles border patrol agents to 48,000, spends $3B on the "dang wall" and does myriad other things the xenophobes should consider wonderful. Let them try. It's all part of them hanging themselves...if they can manage it with their feet in their mouths, then so much the better.

    October 24, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    " I think most of you are thinking too much like liberals. In other words, short term gratification at the expense of long term strategy. "

    If you think the GOP/Teatrolls killing immigration reform will not have massive long-term negative impact on the GOP/Teatrolls, no matter when they do it, then I would suggest you take a step back and rethink. Demographic shifts are too far along for it to be just a temporary blip on the radar.

    October 24, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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