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. Data Driven

    "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."

    And if Republicans continue to reject any route to legal status, they could very well lose the House. Not ALL those GOP-held districts are Deep Red.

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

    October 24, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gosh yes!
    Re-focus, re-group and most importanly RECLAIM your presidency and the mandate you were given when you were so decisively RE-ELECTED.
    There have been so many needless, mostly GOP generated distractions since November 2012 that I've lost track.
    But what has been crystal clear to those of us keeping track is that they have all been geared to distract you and keep you from addressing the very issues that are important to you and us, and that served to get you re-elected.
    Handle your business Mr. President!

    October 24, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Obama to put immigration back in spotlight"
    "Obama is to make an announcement about the issue at 10:35 a.m. from the White House East Room."
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    What is the issue with not using Pres. Obama's title? I can excuse a headline, but not the body of the article. You could at least refer to the man as "President" the first time you use his name in the body of the article. This is basic Rhetoric 100, and not to mention common courtesy and respect for the office of the POTUS.

    October 24, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Not now. Good idea, bad timing. Focus on what's most important to the American people, and not your personal agenda. Jobs. You know that the Tea Party Republicans will try block, stall, delay or destroy anything having to do with jobs, so let give them some rope and let them be Republicans again.

    October 24, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. the hippies were right

    When will the 24 billion be put in the spotlight? Anytime a republican mentions ANYTHING, the response should include 24 billion wasted in a 2 week period and families financial security jeopardized, for nothing. And, this should continue up to the 2016 elections. The right has no empathy or compassion, they only care about the all mighty dollar, so why not show their hypocrisy. Don't go soft again, dems!

    October 24, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy NYC
    The Tea Party politicians are their own worst enemy. The zealous energy, which they view as their strength, has quickly become their weakness. They cannot seem to think hard line policy and hard line strategy are one and the same. Hopefully, this shutdown they caused has taught them the difference because we really do not go go through it again. The coming year will be known as the year of the Tea Party economy. They've gummed up the economy. I'd dare them to disown it.
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    This happened in Minnesota during the 2010 TeaParty so called grassroots national roll out. TeaPers were voted in left and right. What did we get? A state government shutdown. After having tasted the tea and found it to be way too bitter for our common sense, we sent each and every one of them packing in 2012. Minnesota is one of the few states that can at least hold its head high in saying that, yes, we tried the TeaPers ideology ... saw where they were headed, found them lacking, and sent them on their destructive way.

    Here's to hoping that the more sane districts in America finally wake up. Wisconsin comes to mind. The angst those folks are feeling and have lived with now for nearly four years was caused by their voting record over the past four years. I have a very good feeling that they've learned their lesson, and, as with us in Minnesota are, ready to call it a day and send the TeaPers back to the southern states where they belong. TeaPers do not fit in with Mainstreet America. I also think that Paul Ryan has become a hard sell ... even for my sister state of Wisconsin which found itself smack dab in the middle of an identity crisis of its own making.

    Here's to 2014!

    October 24, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC:
    What is the issue with not using Pres. Obama's title? I can excuse a headline, but not the body of the article. You could at least refer to the man as "President" the first time you use his name in the body of the article. This is basic Rhetoric 100, and not to mention common courtesy and respect for the office of the POTUS
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    It's been going on for 5 plus years Rudy.
    It is meant to denigrate, demean, diminish and delegitimize not only the President but the votes that elected and re-elected him.
    The media, and especially CNN, has been stripping him of his title consistently. We should therefore not be surprised when GOP leaders and other lesser life forms wag their fingers in his face, yell at him to go back to Kenya, and wave placards stating that he is not a citizen. Let alone the famous "liar" shout out during an event that was being watched the world over.
    Good call Rudy and as such it will go unheeded.

    October 24, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    the hippies were right

    When will the 24 billion be put in the spotlight? Anytime a republican mentions ANYTHING, the response should include 24 billion wasted in a 2 week period and families financial security jeopardized, for nothing.
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    When? By focusing on jobs, because we need to repair the damage to the economy caused by the Tea Party revolt.

    October 24, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. tom l

    This might be a complete non-sequiter but why do dems feel it's necessary to get insurance (which is a difficult, complicated product) yet they don't feel that someone can obtain an ID. Just a thought...

    October 24, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. rs

    There are a whole host of things the "do-nothing" House of Representative needs to do. Immigrayion reform is what the nation needs, and ironically the GOP to. Too bad they are falling back into "Bengahzi" mode.

    Hint boys: America didn't see a crime in Bengahzi, and they don't see one in a government web site either. In fact more than 75% of Americans already are against the GOP's attempted government takedown over the ACA, and way more are against the GOP flushing away $24 billion (so much for being "fiscal conservatives"...). You'd think these cats would learn, but as we all know, you just can't fix stupid.
    And Tom I- Stupid in this case isn't just a petty insult of the Right- it is a statement of fact.

    October 24, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. tom l

    @Rudy,
    Just tell me what jobs that Congress can create. I know you remember the "stimulus" package that passed when Obama was first elected. How did that work out and that was almost 1 trillion dollars (money that we still owe, by the way).

    Congress doesn't create jobs. The private sector creates jobs.

    October 24, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    Not now. Good idea, bad timing. Focus on what's most important to the American people, and not your personal agenda. Jobs. You know that the Tea Party Republicans will try block, stall, delay or destroy anything having to do with jobs, so let give them some rope and let them be Republicans again
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    I don't know Rudy, I think that this is in fact good timing for the very reasons that you stated.
    The Republicans took up the "Jobs, jobs jobs" banner in 2010. They've yet to deliver on that. Let them own that.
    Immigration reform is not so much part of the President's personal agenda as it's representative of a HUGE voting block: us Latiinos.
    It is no secret that the President garnered over 80% of the Latino vote during his re-election. Our belief in his committment to push through immigration reform had a lot to do with that. Plus we trust and love the man, but I digress..
    We know that the Republicans will throw up all kinds of roadblocks when anything to do with immigration comes up. This can only help ensure that they lose this voting block in 2014 as well as in 2016.
    Yet if in fact the President manages to ges refom through even with this Congress he will be seen as fulfilling yet another huge campaign promise.
    It is our hope Rudy to give our President a Congress that he can work with come 2014. We're working very hard towards that end.

    October 24, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Well , let old Gunderson see. Nanny Care going to Hell in Hand Basket so time move on something else. Humm, now what not controversial ? Oh, me got it. AMNESTY ! More people on Food Stamps. Can't let that screw up die. >Liberal's never forgive me.

    October 24, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. RandyIA

    So here we go, 2-faced Dems as always. If the House pushes legislation as something the Dems say will not pass the Senate, the Reps in the house are said to be wasting time and money, with go nowhere legislation. Since the president's immigration reform has no chance of passing the house, isn't he doing the same?

    October 24, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    @Lynda/Minnesota

    "Minnesota is one of the few states that can at least hold its head high in saying that, yes, we tried the TeaPers ideology ... "
    While I usually agree with your posts Lynda and your state has made headway... I just can't agree with this part as long I have to listen to the Queen of Crazy. How can your state could hold your head high with Bachman as a representative? I can't say much, I am from OK and we have Inhofe (for which I sincerely apologize to the American people for), Colbert, and a gaggle of loons in the the House.

    October 24, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Data Driven

    @Rudy,

    "Not now. Good idea, bad timing. Focus on what's most important to the American people, and not your personal agenda. Jobs. You know that the Tea Party Republicans will try block, stall, delay or destroy anything having to do with jobs, so let give them some rope and let them be Republicans again."

    I respectfully disagree, Rudy. This issue is extremely personal for millions of Latino citizens, as it impacts the lives of their relatives. Also, dismantling our current black-market labor force will help the economy, according to the CBO.

    Plus, I think the political timing is exquisite. While the seditionists hold expensive hearings about websites and block immigration reform, the Democrats can fully in the eyes of Latinos and say, "We tried. Blame the Republicans. Hey, do us a solid and help us get them out of the House."

    I can say for a certainty that, here in SoCal at least, the expectation is something will be done on immigration, and by "something" I mean a process towards legal citizenship. If Republicans stand in the way of this, they will be punished by infuriated voters.

    October 24, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Data Driven

    @tom l,

    "This might be a complete nonsequitur"

    It is. Try your question on the financially-motivated spam threads elsewhere on the Ticker. You'll find that you'll have dozens to choose from.

    October 24, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. California

    Obama, moving from one scandal to another.

    October 24, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. tom l

    Such a great post I had responding to the "why do they refer to our president as just "Obama"?" but of course CNN is censoring me! There are so many times, here on CNN, when President Bush was referred to as "Bush" that it's too tough to put them all here. Just google anything and you will see him referred both ways, with and without President in front of his last name.

    Wolf! Wolf!!! Wolf!!!! It's things like this that make your claims ring hollow...

    October 24, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. tom l

    @Data
    "@tom l,

    "This might be a complete nonsequitur"

    It is. Try your question in the financially-motivated spam threads elsewhere on the Ticker. You'll find that you'll have dozens to choose from."

    LOL. I thought it might be it is odd to me. :) By the way, you do realize that the "Humana" ads you were railing about yesterday are just ad-network buys, don't you>?

    October 24, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven wrote:

    I respectfully disagree, Rudy. This issue is extremely personal for millions of Latino citizens, as it impacts the lives of their relatives. Also, dismantling our current black-market labor force will help the economy, according to the CBO.

    Plus, I think the political timing is exquisite. While the seditionists hold expensive hearings about websites and block immigration reform, the Democrats can fully in the eyes of Latinos and say, "We tried. Blame the Republicans. Hey, do us a solid and help us get them out of the House."
    ----------------------
    I must respectfully disagree. LIke I said, good idea, bad timing. By focusing on immigration he's walking straight into the negative narrative that the right wing paints of him, that being that he's more focused on his own agenda than the American people.

    Immigration reform is important, but please do not burn it out before the 2014 elections. Look at what has happened to gun control reform in 2013. Right now the focus should be on jobs, in order to repair the economic damage caused by the government shutdown.

    October 24, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "How can your state could hold your head high with Bachman as a representative?"

    Well I suppose all of us in Minnesota could look at Michele Bachmann and hang our head in shame, but she wasn't a product of the TeaParty when she was first elected. She co-opted the movement when it most benefited her.

    Why was she elected (and continued to be elected even after she went all "goo-goo" on us)? There is a small but very vocal movement in Minnesota (thorns in our side – if you will) that will always vote for folks such as she. Her district is one of the most conservative districts in Minneapolis' surrounding suburbia area. Not to say this district has never voted for a Democratic candidate before because it has. Bachmann does not represent all of Minnesota in the same manner that Amy Klobuchar represents the greater good of all Minnesota. Bachmann represents but one district in Minnesota.

    Had she decided not to step down in 2014, she would be facing an very up hill challenge to keep her seat. It has taken her constituents a bit longer to understand she never represented them to begin with.

    I can't apologize for having thrust Bachmann on America because quite frankly I am not in her district. I've worked hard to try and unseat her in both the 2010 and 2012 election cycle. It is the best any of us can do when we are in a situation not of our own making ... yes? Work with those who are in a particular district to unseat the unsavory.

    October 24, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. smith

    How about putting a spotlight on building a wall and or stopping the mass flood of illegal immigration.

    October 24, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda
    Babe you missed one of those Teatards! Michelle Bachmann....
    But then again, she was a GOPer before being elected Queen of the Teatards when they were seeking someone to represent and speak for them (until they found their schreeching voice) in Congress.
    Yet you have previously stated that the people in her district keep re-electing her.
    Getting rid of crazy is harder than getting rid of roaches, yes?!

    October 24, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Sniffit

    ""Not now. Good idea, bad timing. Focus on what's most important to the American people, and not your personal agenda. Jobs."

    Immigration reform and providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants is, in fact, predicted to be a boon to the economy and help create jobs. Rather than cite studies that will be attacked as biased, I'll cite the conservative think tank American Action Network, which found that immigration reform INCLUDING A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP will create an average of 14,000 jobs per congressional district over the next 10 years, which is a total of 6,000,000 jobs. IMMIGRATION REFORM IS AN ECONOMIC AND JOBS ISSUE.

    October 24, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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