April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama pushes for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wants to work with members of Congress, including former Republican presidential rival Sen. John McCain, to revive efforts at immigration reform.

"We want to move this process," Obama said at a news conference on his 100th day in office. "We can't continue with a broken immigration system. It's not good for anybody."

Obama said he hopes a working group of lawmakers will begin crafting details of what would be in reform legislation and that he expects the process to be under way within the year.

Both Obama and McCain supported an ultimately failed plan backed by then-President George Bush that would have fined illegal immigrants living in the United States but provided a pathway to citizenship for some.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Anonymous


    April 29, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. vanessa

    Oh yes cannot wait for it to come in effect because America is a land of immigrants.

    April 29, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. nick

    the president is the best, the man took the S off of superman's chest i wonder if he sleep at night, with a hole country depending on him god bless the brother,

    April 29, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. SLM

    What he means to say is AMNESTY, that will cost this country millions and millions of dollars and more lost jobs for American citizens. Yeah, this is the change we voted for.

    April 29, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    This is not immigration reform – it is rewarding the people here who came here ILLEGALLY! What would happen to the citizens of this country if we did something ILLEGAL? Would we be somehow rewarded!

    Pay them to leave. It would save us more money in the long term. Be a relief to our education system, our welfare system, our health system. And, then all those people who are now unemployed will have jobs!!!

    April 29, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. james1

    we need fix and create more jobs and boost the economy, because now we are in crisis, is the illegalls fault? i don't think soo since 50 years we still need those people, and then you dont'n wan't work. example farmers, construction very hard work, and more, don't be affraid abaut those people, be smart no racist. thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Michael Arnaud

    With the Democrats in control of Congress now, immigration reform will be easy. All the illegals will get automatic citizenship and membership in the Democratic Party. We all know that all of Mexico's problems stem right from the United States. Hillary Clinton said so herself.

    It's our fault that drug dealers control all the Mexican towns along the US/Mexico border. It's our fault that that Mexican Government is so corrupt that it's citizens come to the United States to get basic nesseccites becuase they can't get it in Mexico.

    You want immigration reform, try this:
    1. Arrrest all illegals(including the kids they have here so that they can stay in the US). Send them back to whatever country they came from.
    2. Eliminate the Feet Dry policy.
    3. All companies that use illegals for any position, $100,000 fine for every illegal that company uses.
    4. Any individual American citizen that uses illegals in thier home or business, $100,000 fine for every illegal used.
    5. Put anti-personel mines along the US side of the border from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.

    Those measures should put a dent in illegal immigration. But, with the bleeding heart Democrats in charge, the illegals will get the citizenship. God help America.

    April 29, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. Roly

    It is NOT an amnesty. It is a called a Comprehensive Immigration Reform and that is exactly what it is. An opportunity for illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, check them for a criminal background, learn english, pay their fines, and go to the back of the line in their path to citizenship. Let's be sensitive and realistic when speaking about this issue. Pay them to leave? That will actually cost more money than massive deportation and raids.

    The fines they will pay will bring more money into the government, they will be able to pay taxes once legalized. Wages will become more decent because they wouldn't be any illegals to hire for cheap labor.

    Listen, they're already here. Might as well know who they are and whether they tried to live by the rules despite breaking them in the first place. I believe the main reason why many don't want this to pass is hate and racism, as simple as that. There are more advantages to legalizing them than deporting them.

    April 29, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. am

    well undocumented people create more jobs for americans by thousands of officer in the border , imports from others countries generate jobs everywhere ,they need houses ,cars ,teachers,and so on but only people with limited mind would say the opposite

    April 29, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    This is all so scary to me, and not fair at all, why do we insist on encouraging more illegals into our country? When are we going to wake up and smell the coffee? They are doing nothing for us but draining our economy, schools everything, health systems. I don't understand it, it's like we reward them!
    Did you know it is easier for an ILLEGAL immigrant to get health care then it is for someone who isn't?? What is wrong here people how can you think this is all okay?
    Get them out!

    April 29, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Robin (FL)

    Go to the end of the line...do not pass go...do not collect $200! I am all for immigration reform but not at the expense of letting those who came here illegally get a free ride to citizenship. That is just a slap in the face for all those who followed the rules and are trying to apply for citizenship the right way.

    There should be more penalties for companies who hire illegals. And if the illegals are working in jobs that Americans would not normally take, then the employer needs to make those jobs attractive to the Americans who need a job. Stop exploiting cheap labor..that then makes us no better than a sweat shop.

    And now colleges want to make it cheaper for children of illegals to get an education...are you kidding??? That is a slap in the face of those American children who are mounting up debt just to better themselves. I am sorry that the child of an illegal immigrant must be hindered due to their parent's choices, but there are somethings in this country that you need to work for and do the RIGHT way...the LEGAL way...not just expect a hand out.

    There should be a national database to track all incoming and out going immigrants. There should be a standard application process for all immigrants who want to become a citizen. Giving a free ride for those who did not follow the rules...that is unfair! If you want to be a contributing member of the American society, then you need to follow the rules. There are thousands that do every day and are able to find their path to citizenship. Amnesty is NOT the way to go, and for those illegals that are already here....go to the back of the line...there are many more immigrant who are waiting their rightful turn so you need to wait too.

    April 29, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |