Obama to renew call for immigration reform
October 23rd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to renew call for immigration reform

Updated 8:11 p.m. ET, 10/23/2013

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Thursday to take back up comprehensive immigration reform.

The White House says that Obama will make the announcement on Thursday (at 10:35 a.m.) The statement will be delivered in the White House East Room.

“Commonsense immigration is good for the country and it’s the right thing to do. It will grow the economy, reduce the deficit, and has broad support from both democrats and republicans, business and labor, as well as law enforcement and faith leaders,” a White House official said.

“The President has made clear the key principles that must be a part of any bipartisan, commonsense effort, including continuing to strengthen border security, creating an earned path to citizenship, holding employers accountable, and bringing our immigration system into the 21st century.”

Immigration reform had been placed on the backburner after the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill in June that went nowhere in the House of Representatives. Controlled by Republicans, the House has said it would prefer to undertake a number of smaller bills instead of the one large package passed by the Senate.

House Democrats introduced their own version at the beginning of the month, one without the huge expansion of the Border Patrol included in the Senate bill.

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.

–CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • White House
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. James

    Get all the illegals out of America, close the borders, and then we will talk about reform.

    October 24, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  2. Fred

    How about Obama focuses on this Obama Care disaster.....

    October 24, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. GK

    I've figured it out. Obama makes Americans into criminals when they don't take Obamacare, and then makes illegal immigrants who are criminals into Americans. Anyone else see a problem?

    October 24, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  4. hender1123

    How can there be immigration reform with an open border?

    October 24, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. BTLProd

    Immigration Reform?

    Here is an, not so unique, idea. Enforce the laws on the books.

    October 24, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. ME

    If immigrants are here and working allow them to become citizens...within a certain time limit...

    but someone has got to put a Quota on the number of immigrants we can accept in America...otherwise you are going to have on messed up country in years to come..

    Bottom Line...Space....Who wants to live elbow to elbow...It is so very unhealthy physically and economically...

    Our Politicians are spending time on some panel trying to figure out who is to blame for a website instead of
    Figuring out what we really need for this country.

    It all makes me so sick..Did you see the smog in China..?????? Killing people

    America...We have got to stop the number of people coming into this country and we have got to get a handle on the environment!!

    October 24, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Evelyn

    Mr President, Americans need jobs .You are showing the American people you have no interest in the welfare of the American people ,only your corporate buddies.
    We need a E-verify system for all employers with stiff penalties for those who hire illegals .tighter border security and never any form of Amnesty ever.

    October 24, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. TexDoc

    I think amnesty should lead to a path to legal immigration, but not to the vote. Residency but not citizenship. People who came here illegally shouldn't get the right to vote. We don't let citizens that commit serious crimes vote–once convicted of a felony you lose the right to vote. Why should an American who steals a car pay a higher penalty than someone who came here illegally?

    October 24, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Go away!

    The ACA is looking like a complete failure, therefore I am proposing a better, newer failure....

    October 24, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. cumulus

    Remove the illegals, close the border, put all applying for assistance through a physical, then send them out in the field to pick produce, dont want to work, no benefits. Same with our infrastructure problems, plenty of unskilled labor jobs, let them know what the rest of us go through daily. Big difference between hand out and hand up

    October 24, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. RIchard Long

    The Obama Administration can't even get Obamacare running properly and they want to start up the immigration debate again? From one train wreck straight into another.

    October 24, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. gibb

    What would be funny is if they all came in as REPULICANS odupa would kick them all back out and swear he never said that!

    October 24, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. jenn, philadelphia

    What does it matter which version of the bill gets passed, the House or Senate? The President will just cross-off the parts he doesn't like and only enforce the parts that benefit his friends like he has with the ACA.

    October 24, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. ireuel

    No. Not until they take care of all the ones that are here legally.

    October 24, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Robert Lemasters

    Mexican drug cartels are the largest lobbying force after the US Department of Commerce and Treason behind the push for amnesty and citizenship rights for their country men. This they are doing to insure and protect their US profits and security. Illegal Mexican workers who they hire and use in the businesses they own and where they have invested their crime and drug money in the USA, not to mention their street drug and crime gang members which are now in 180 US cites and towns where they are now doing business.
    More important then the Mexican drug cartels which desire political power and security in the USA by have voting rights for their country men and cheap labor is the fact that these people have deliberately broken our immigration laws. You nor I as real citizens can break any of our laws without out being charged and punished, think that you can not pay a speeding fine or money owed the IRS as just two examples. No one is above the law, Obedience to our laws is the first duty of citizenship. Our immigration laws state that immigration law breakers must be arrested, fined and deported, no matter their numbers or that they take jobs and do them cheaper then US citizens.
    I should also mention the fact that almost all of the illegal immigrants have not had health or criminal background checks and that in itself is unacceptable for citizenship or to stay in our country. The health, criminal and security reasons alone should be more then enough reason for arrest and deportation.
    Elected officials or those we charge with enforcing our laws, all of them, who are not doing so, including Obama, should be removed from office or position. Any elected official or one charged with enforcing our laws who helps or advises anyone to break these laws should be charged, arrested and punished including the President. It is our duty as citizens to not only obey our laws but should the need arise because of malfeasance or incompetence and foolishness of those we charge, then it is our right and duty to enforce those laws , remove from office or position and deal with those who do not.

    October 24, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. onlymho

    illegal is illegal – hat is not to understand – no amnesty

    October 24, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Too bad the native Americans didn't feel the same way about immigrants. If they did, maybe this country wouldn't be filled with brown skin hating people that think that their lack of melanin in their skin makes them superior to those that posses that beautiful trait called melanin.

    October 24, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. keet

    No WAY!
    Your telling me a president with no job experience and his administration with only 8% working in the private sector, are having trouble taking over 16% of the economy?
    I'm shocked shocked I tell you!

    October 24, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine


    How can our President be pushing to allow in people with no jobs and no legal right to be here when 90 million Americans (That's roughly 1 in 3) have no job. Most of them no longer qualify for Unemployment so that's why the Unemployment rate is dropping. 90 million out of 270 million adults (roughly), its a disgrace. We need jobs, we need revenue, we need to be able to feed our kids, we are broke, sorry world we can no longer help you, oh and this yahoo just sent 1.8 billion to Pakistan, while American families go hungry and jobless. Obama is a disgrace. This 90 million total was reported by the department of labor and statistics and is reported in the wall street journal.
    Ok, where EXACTLY in the Department of Labor and Statistics is this figure to be found, and where is the piece in the WSJ stating this statistic? I doubt you can produce it, so it sounds more like you're spouting a Hannity-style talking point ( meaning an opinion) than an actual statistic.

    October 24, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Independent Thinker

    This is a ridiculous article. Do you think anyone believes that Obama did not know that he had serious problems with the website? Are we to believe that the President, with his entire reputation hanging in the balance, was not asking questions and getting reports on a daily basis? If this is true, this man is a moron and anyone who voted for him should be angry that they voted for such an idiot. I think it is more likely that he figured he would just roll it out, say he did not know anything, and let the media come up with stupid stories like this. Regardless of your political affiliation, people who vote should be holding politicians accountable.

    October 24, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Data Driven

    Brilliant move. Latinos are watching very carefully, and they will be ticked off if the nation's leaders spend the next year talking about a website and doing nothing on immigration. And they will vote.

    All bad news for the Republicans. Since this network isn't reporting on it much, I suggest folks check out the polling on the GOP right now, particularly the Congressional flavor. Doomsday numbers. Intransigence on immigration will only bring those numbers even further down and may very well end up tipping the House. If the Dems fail to get immigration through, they can at least look Latino voters in the eye and say, "We tried. The other guys held hearings on websites."

    It's really looking like buh-bye for the GOP in 2014. Which blows my mind - given the structural advantages, the GOP should not be in this position.

    October 24, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Bon the patriot

    If you love your country, you need to start calling your congressmen raising as much hell as the illegals!!!! That's why theyre winning. YES! It makes a difference. Our government is giving our nation away. CALL! CALL CALL!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. 1Joyce

    Yes, that is what we need right now. Another bill no one will read, when Obama's last "signature" bill cannot be fully implemented – after having 3 years to prepare for it.

    October 24, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Independent Thinker

    Politics is so entertaining. Think of all the spin against the Republicans for shutting down the government. The House passed a bill to delay the individual mandate. Now, because of the problems with the website, Senate Democrats are talking about delaying the full enforcement of the mandate (fine). So if it is delayed, based upon a Democrats bill, who apologizes to the American people for the 16 day shutdown? Ried? Obama?

    October 24, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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