Obama to put immigration back in spotlight
October 24th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
10 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

    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?

    October 24, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. rs

    Congress doesn't create jobs. The private sector creates jobs.
    _____________________
    Congress creates the budgets that create the interactions with large and small firms alike that create the jobs. The stability in federal fiscal policy is what drives the economy, and faith therein on the part of business drives hiring. The more stability, the more likelihood of expansion. Remember your shutdown a couple of weeks back? What was the first casualty? 800,000 JOBS.

    October 24, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. ST

    @Rudy
    I think Pres. Obama is using one stone to kill many birds and not two. Restarting tackling immigration issue will be for sure pushed aside by republicans. This will annoy all of latinos. As there is midterm election next year, latinos will come out in drove as they did in 2012 and vote out republicans. This will enable Pres. Obama to deal with immigration reform and many other outstanding issues without any obstacle.

    October 24, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. rs

    smith

    How about putting a spotlight on building a wall and or stopping the mass flood of illegal immigration.
    __________________
    What massive flood is that? Under President Obama, we have had record arrest and deportations of illegal immigrants.

    October 24, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Data Driven

    @tom l,

    "ad network buys"

    Yeah, you said this yesterday. What's your point? CNN is not taking the money? I don't get it. But, I defer to your expertise in sales. I'm all ears.

    October 24, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    ****************
    Demand creates jobs, not the private sector. The private sector benfits from the demand. And since government contracts generate jobs based on demands for various projects, be it defense-related or infrastructure, it would appear as though your comment is not entirely true. This is not rocket science, Tom.

    October 24, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC wrote:
    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.
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    Gee Rudy, us Latinos are American people that voted for this President because, among other reasons, we wanted immigration reform.
    I would therefore submit to you that the "President's agenda" as it pertains to immigration reform, healthcare, and jobs IS the agenda of the American people, and what helped to get him elected.
    The President's agenda is comprised of that which he campaigned on an got him elected.

    October 24, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Data Driven

    @smith,

    "Building a wall"

    Fine. You can have your expensive wall; legal immigrants get to have members of their families on a one-year-track to citizenship. How's that?

    October 24, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. much thunder..little rain

    d.o.a. not going to happen

    October 24, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. c

    smith

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

    -–

    What flood is that? For the last 4 to 5 years illegal immigration has been declining, and has been at a net zero for the last year and a half.

    October 24, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. tom l

    @Data
    ""ad network buys"

    Yeah, you said this yesterday. What's your point? CNN is not taking the money? I don't get it. But, I defer to your expertise in sales. I'm all ears."

    Ad-networks are where they pool websites together and make it easier for an advertising agency (or advertiser) to buy banner ads across multiple sites that have certain types of demographic traffic. You can buy ads targeted towards men, women, kids, etc. They package all of these sites together and make it a simple "one stop shop" for the agencies to buy a targeted demo or to just buy a certain amount of impressions. There are different ad networks and companies that handle them. Could they target a site and just buy CNN.com alone? Yes. But a company like Humana that is making national buys would never do anything that granular. They might say "don't buy _______," but I highly doubt they would specifically say to buy CNN's political ticker. Wouldn't make any sense. That's all. Nothing nefarious.

    October 24, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ 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.

    Rudy, I disagree. Now is the time to address Immigration.

    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. The jobs meme has long since expired.

    October 24, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    "Just tell me what jobs that Congress can create."

    Absolutely none. You are incredibly smart. That is why Somalia has sooo many job openings. No congress, no government to stand in the way of private enterprise. Which is why you see so many of these companies building factories in Somalia to take advantage of the low wages, zero regulations, and no taxes, which is what you get in a wonderful government free paradise such as Somalia.
    You should go there...

    October 24, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What massive flood is that? Under President Obama, we have had record arrest and deportations of illegal immigrants
    -------------------------------------------------
    The flood of misinformation and willful ignorance of facts.

    October 24, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Congress doesn't create jobs. The private sector creates jobs.
    _____________________
    Congress creates the budgets that create the interactions with large and small firms alike that create the jobs. The stability in federal fiscal policy is what drives the economy, and faith therein on the part of business drives hiring. The more stability, the more likelihood of expansion. Remember your shutdown a couple of weeks back? What was the first casualty? 800,000 JOBS."

    In fact, it's even simpler. Large regulatory schema create jobs. It's not deniable and has been shown in myriad studies.

    October 24, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. California

    So according to Mrs. Campbell the components of the Obamacare website were NOT incorporated together until 2 WEEKS before it's launch on 10/1.

    Excuse me but any dolt would know that sufficient testing could not be possible in that short of time BY FAR.

    October 24, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Data Driven

    "d.o.a. not going to happen"

    Careful what you wish for, Much Thunder. You're probably right ... and Republicans will take the blame.

    "Winning!" - Charlie Sheen

    October 24, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda
    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!
    It is almost like giving the GOP a "back-up" noose should the first noose, their failure to deliver on their 2010 promise of Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!, not due the job.
    They can hang themselves on immigration as well and become burnt toast in 2014 and 2016 with the voters.

    October 24, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Thomas

    No more wars that bring in millions of refugees .

    Very few refugees go to Russia or China .

    October 24, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Do" I meant to type,not "due". Pardon.

    October 24, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    If undocumented want to become citizens no problem. However no one will be allowed to apply for citizenship from American Soil. They will have to return to their own country to apply. If they had started the process back in the Bush Administration when it was before the Congress they would have been half way here. Get smart, un documented, go back to your own country and start the process. I understand there is about a million a year becoming citizens with the law that is in place now. That is the shortest, AND only path open.

    October 24, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Data Driven

    @tom,

    Good, informative reply.

    I agree that this website in particular hasn't been "targeted" by the large insurance companies. But you haven't made the case that CNN's coverage of Obamacare isn't influenced by these powerful interests who have OPTED OUT of the Obamacare matrix.

    The simplest way to assuage suspicion would be transparency. They should itemize their financial ties to these Obamacare opponents on their FAQ page, if they have one, or on their ombudsman's page, if they have one.

    October 24, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Immigration IS a jobs issue. The Dems need to do a far better job of explaining and messaging as to why the two things are inextricably linked, but it is NOT deniable that they are...nor that they are linked in a POSITIVE way. The MSM, of course, will do everything it can to prevent that messaging from being successful, but who cares...buy the ads, send the fliers, click "send" on the mass emails and make sure that people who support immigration reform know that they should be talking about it accurately by pointing out that it IS expected to help the economy and create jobs and that the "folksy wisdom" arguments from the naysayers (crap like "we already don't have enough jobs and they want to add even more people?") are nothing more than ideological fluff and fearmongering with no rational, supportable basis or foundation in reality.

    October 24, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "Fine. You can have your expensive wall; legal immigrants get to have members of their families on a one-year-track to citizenship. How's that?"

    The Senate already gave them their $3B wall AND made the pathway to citizenship take THIRTEEN years....but they're STILL so afraid of who those people would vote for that they demagogue it and refuse to compromise.

    October 24, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. smith

    @rs and c- are you two actually saying we don`t have an illegal immigration issue here? No president in our time has done good job enforcing border control.

    October 24, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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