Obama plans immigration push after fiscal crisis ends

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October 16, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.

“Once that’s done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.

The president’s domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.

But Obama, who won re-election with overwhelming Hispanic backing, had hoped to make reforms easing the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

In June, the Senate passed an immigration overhaul, but House of Representatives Republicans are divided over the granting of legal status to those in the country illegally, a step many see as rewarding lawbreakers.

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Brian Purcell says:

    The last guy to pass effective immigration reform gave millions of undocumented workers legal status to live and work in this country and a path to citizenship. That man was Ronald Reagan.

    I dislike a lot Reagan’s policies but he was a pragmatist. He say millions of productive people, contributing to the economy yet living in the shadows. He knew it might not benefit his political party since only Cubans seem to vote Republican but he did it because it was the right thing to do.

    1. AmVet says:

      And it was a mistake then.

  • AmVet says:

    He wants to make sure there are no laws that would effect his deportation as an illegal immigrant. Through all of the research I have read he is not a legal citizen much less eligible to run for any office.

    1. Brian Purcell says:

      Oh sweet baby Jesus, are there still birthers out there?

      1. walda151 says:

        I certainly hope so.

      2. AmVet says:

        There is more evidence that he is not legal than, oh wait a minute, there is no evidence that he is legal.

  • James Bowen says:

    We must do whatever it takes to stop this sellout of America.

  • guess when the sheep have had enough of the fleecing they’ll put an end to the dictator and govts. abuse.. the means rest within the Declaration of Independence. war criminal Bush even made attempts to keep the masses naïve to it.. America has the means to replace its corrupt govt., just takes enabling the clause contained within…

  • ladyceo says:

    We already have immigration laws. Enforce them!!! No need for any “reform”!

    1. Geo says:

      Kinda like The Affordable Health Care Act is Law?

    2. James Bowen says:

      We do need to reduce legal immigration, so we do need reform–just the total opposite of the “reform” that is being pushed.

  • elton123 says:

    If O get this immigration bill through, he will have total control of the U.S. and America will be forever lost. Americans — PLEASE — email, write and call ALL of your congressmen and demand they vote NO (and, remind them that they work for you, their constituent)

    1. awegweiser says:

      Yes, they said all that about the Irish, the Italians, the Germans, the Jews, the former black slaves, the Poles, the Asians, etc. Now it’s simply the Hispanics turn to feel the force of nasty, bigoted, jackasses, secure in their self righteous citizenship, often won for them by ancestors who faced the same hysterical opposition as they sought a better life in America.

      1. James Bowen says:

        What do you think should be the numerical limit to immigration? We are no longer a frontier nation, and we don’t have the resources to keep bringing in immigrants at the levels we have been allowing. The argument to reduce immigration is all about sustainability, not bigotry.

        By the way, with the exception of World War I, the Germans did not have that much trouble assimilating once here, unlike those other groups you mention.

      2. Ed Burns says:

        If you believe it is fair for the ILLEGAL immigrants to just come in as steal jobs at cut rate prices, utilized our hospital services FREE, ILLEGALLY apply and get government benefits, steal or have fraudulent SS card then you should be deported with them!

        1. Brian Purcell says:

          If there were immigration reform that dealt with the reality of the present job market then illegal immigrants would not work for cut rate prices. They work for cut rate prices because they have no alternative.

          As for working under a fraudulent SS card, you do realize that they will never receive Social Security benefits even though they have been paying into the system. You see, it’s not in their name so they will receive no benefit at all. In fact, since they are not legal immigrants, they have absolutely no rights to government benefits at all but their American born children, who are citizens may be eligible for WIC benefits.

          Finally, you mention the fact that they may access hospital services at no cost using Emergency Rooms, well any irresponsible deadbeat, citizen or non-citizen has that same right and everyone with insurance ends up paying more because of it.

          That’s the entire point of Obamacare and you don’t seem to like that either.

          1. Ed Burns says:

            They should not be working in the U.S. PERIOD! They are ILLEGAL, what do you not understand about the word illegal?

            Obamboozlecare is a scam that will be revealed in the coming months. You and many others will see. A program that is poorly written, and very poorly administrated so far, and worst of all will cost the tax-payers over $6 Trillion dollars in the next 10 years or less!

            I am not worried about the insurance companies, they will still make their hugh profits as long as the president and congress has access to their tills!

            I had rather have an irresponsible a poor U.S. Citizen and yes, an irresponsible one, and a legal immigrant have access than one who is here illegally.

            I have compassion for those poor souls that have come here to find work and feed their families. But there are two ways to do that, and they chose the wrong way.

            Please do not reply and say the immigrant system is broken… That is a known fact, and part of the problem. The biggest problem is that the last 4 presidents did not protect our borders or enforce the existing laws, to do so would piss off big business and reduce their reelection funds. That has not changed.

            We do not need a new give-a-way amnesty program… Just enforce the borders and the immigration laws before we have 30 million more poor uneducated illegal aliens on our hands.

      3. AmVet says:

        During those days we were not threaten by Muslims and Communist were not as well hidden in the Democratic Party. During those days immigrants were looking to be Americans, these invaders want to change our country and destroy the very nature of the United States. If you believe otherwise you are indeed part of the problem.

        1. Brian Purcell says:

          Are you actually posting this from the year 1905? Back then it was the Italians that were looking to destroy the country.

          1. AmVet says:

            You are either one of the problem people or a total idiot.

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