Obama back on the immigration bandwagon

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

The President will continue pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, an issue likely to follow him throughout the 2012 election. “The president noted that he will continue to work to forge bipartisan consensus and will intensify efforts to lead a civil debate on this issue in the coming weeks and months,” said a White House readout of a meeting between Obama and immigration stakeholders. Obama also told his guests — including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — that “he cannot be successful if he is leading the debate alone,” said the White House statement. Obama wants congressional legislation that would beef up security at US borders, while also offering a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants who are already here. Congressional Republicans say the emphasis should be on border security, and that Obama’s proposed path to citizenship amounts to amnesty for lawbreakers. And the GOP controls the US House, which seems to dim the prospects for what Obama calls “comprehensive” changes. It’s been a long-running political political battle, and it looks likely to continue. (usa today)

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