Obama and Early Action on Immigration

As the New York Times has reported, President Obama said in his first news conference since his re-election that he was “very confident” he could pass a bill early in his second term.

“We need to seize the moment,” Mr. Obama said, clearly savoring the strong endorsement he received from Latino voters, who favored him by 71 percent to 27 percent over Mitt Romney. The president said members of his staff had already started conversations with lawmakers in Congress, and he expected to see a bill introduced “very soon after my inauguration.”

The New York Times went on to say that:

“Mr. Obama made clear he intends to push for broad-scope legislation that would include a program to give legal status to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, including more than 1.2 million young immigrants brought here as children, who would be eligible under a separate bill known as the Dream Act. Mr. Obama said he also wanted to strengthen border security, punish employers who systematically hire unauthorized workers, and make visas available for farm workers and immigrants working in science and technology.

In a clue to where the president might be ready to compromise, Mr. Obama said he would offer the larger group of illegal immigrants “a path to legal status,” without saying it would lead to citizenship. Many Republicans who might support legalization next year have opposed it in the past, saying they feared it could unleash a surge of new immigration by family members of illegal immigrants who became citizens.”


Source: The New York Times