April 20th, 2010
09:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls Scott Brown to start immigration reform push

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/17/art.brown0317.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, got a phone call from the president on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama called Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon to try to get him on board with Democrats hoping to pass immigration reform, Brown's spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN.

Gitcho said Brown told the president he would review the proposal, but made no commitment. White House spokesman Bill Burton confirmed the President called the Senator to discuss the legislation on Tuesday during his return flight from California aboard Air Force One.

Currently, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is the only GOP Senator on board with moving on immigration reform, but he has told Democrats they will lose his support unless they find another Republican.

Graham and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told the president during a meeting last month that they wanted him to start calling other Republican targets to bring them on board. Brown is one of those potential targets, according to a Democratic source familiar with that conversation.

Gitcho said the president gave no timeline to Brown on when Democrats want to move forward on immigration, but other Democratic sources told CNN if they don’t get other GOP commitments in the next month or so, they will likely push to move a bill without Republican support.

Multiple Democratic sources said the chances of passing immigration reform in that scenario this year are very slim, but they want to make clear to key constituencies they are at least trying.

Filed under: 2010 • Immigration • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    It would appear to me that Lindsey Graham should be calling Republicans to get them on board. Actually the perosn that should be making the call is McConnell who the Minority Leader has the responsibility to lead.
    Republicans are always the loudest about illegal immigration, so its time to finally put up or shut up.
    Of course their track record of having done nothing for 8 years speaks volumes of how important this issue really is to them.

    April 21, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  2. crpreston267

    that would be a good idea. move all illegals to Massachusetts.

    let the liberals pay the bills.

    April 21, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Now is that an invitation to Bi partisanship or not. I would say rather than to specific individuals Obama asks the the House and senate Majority leaders to Nominate 2 senators and 2 representatives ( ideally from the appropriate committees) to sit down separately = 4 republicans and 4 Democrats and they attempt to draft bill each Republicans and Democrats separately initially. then get the full house committee to draw up a compromise ( before a vote get the senate to comment and make changes and where there is difference amend, and put that to the House for a vote, and then the Senate.
    My guess tapping up individual reps or senators willinvoke the party of No again.

    April 21, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    The Obstructionists need to just go away. Their "always say NO" tactic is not only old, it's boring. If I were a constituent in one of their States or Districts- I'd be working real hard to get them out of office and get someone in there that will work for me.

    April 21, 2010 02:54 am at 2:54 am |

    Sen. Brown, why don't you do what You Said You would do and work for the fine people of MA instead of the GOP party line NO. It's time to step up and do your job, the job the people elected you to do. Remember the GOP did not elect you, the PEOPLE of MA did.

    April 21, 2010 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
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