July 11th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
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Adviser: Obama wants GOP votes on immigration

(CNN) - Despite cynicism on both sides of the aisle that a broad overhaul of U.S. immigration laws will not happen this year, President Barack Obama continues to push for a bipartisan way forward on the issue, senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

"On immigration, the reality is that the last time this debate occurred in the Senate there were 11 Republicans who joined in, and of course President Bush helped to lead the effort. And most Republicans are not willing to move forward now," Axelrod told CNN's "State of the Union."

Obama gave a major speech on the need for immigration reform earlier this month, but it failed to breathe life into the stalled immigration legislation. He met with members of Congress before and after his speech, and his position is that the bill can only pass with Republican help.

According to Axelrod, Obama told a bipartisan group last summer, "Look, we need to solve this problem, we need accountability in the system at the border. We need accountability among employers so they are not violating the law. We need the accountability on the part of the 11 million who are here illegally. We can do that, but we have to do it together."

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Updated: 12:58 p.m.

Filed under: David Axelrod • Immigration • State of the Union
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. darko

    Quit calling it 'Reform". 'Amnesty' is not reform. It's a slap in the face to all Americans and 'legal' immigrants who didn't break the law.

    July 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. all of america

    The only thing obama wants from this imagration deal is voter base,he does not care about the people and he knows it. obama and this demacratic administration has done nothing but destroy this country from within.

    July 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. dg

    obama wants help again from the republicans, is that the same group he blames for the mess he inherited. pbo wants everything his way. well not in november, he'll get nothing.

    July 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. JonDie

    Not going to happen. It is much more beneficial to Republicans to rip the country apart...at least until the U.S. collapses...and it will the next time Republicans take control of the government.

    July 11, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. stormerF2

    Liar,liar,pants on fire. Just Secure the border then we will talk about imigration reform not before. If the border is not secure how can we discuss immigration reform with any meaningful results?

    July 11, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Obama liar liar pants on fire

    This is political spin at its worst. Obama controls the white house; he has a veto proof majority in the House: he has a majority in the Senate - Do your job Mr Obalmo and lead and stop blaming the GOP, Bush, Michael Steele, and the State of Arizona for your shortcomings.

    July 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. one voice

    The GOP don't want Immagration Reform, they want their corporate masters to continue to have the ability to hire illegals. Republicans talk out of both sides of their lying mouths.

    July 11, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. james

    no more amnesty !!!!! its a green light for more to come !! employers of illegals must be prosececuted , fined n jailed ! we need a natl work verification card ! illegals must also be fined n jailed , the more times an illegal enters the country the longer his jail time should be ! we need the military to assist the border patrol ! illegal means illegal !

    July 11, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. La Piovra

    Two items: A. There are no "anchor babies". Though all who are born on U. S. soil to non-diplomat parents are American citizens, they are minors without standing to keep their parents here, and in most cases will be left in their parents' custody if the parents are returned to their country of origin. Only on reaching their majority can they return and apply on their parents' behalf. 18 years is hardly a fast track to entry. B. Meanwhile, if anyone is waiting for the "party of no" to do anything on a bipartisan basis, I advise them not to stand on one leg waiting, unless they want to be painted pink and sold as flamingos.

    July 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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