Obama Immigration Speech Expected to Call for Legislation
President Obama Tuesday is expected to speak on the need for the U.S. to fix its broken immigration system, embracing a renewed effort to tackle the issue by a bipartisan group of senators.
The outline announced Monday by eight senators includes plans to create a path to legal citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people now estimated to be living in the United States. The agreement also calls for increased border security and an effective verification system to crack down on employers who hire workers in the country illegally.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a briefing early Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route to Las Vegas where the president will speak, Obama hopes to continue the conversation with Americans that he began during his re-election campaign.
“What you’ll hear from the president today is how we need to take these initial positive steps and continue to move forward so that actual legislation is produced that can earn bipartisan support and that meets his principles so that he can sign it into law,” Carney told reporters.
While the president differs with the group on a few key issues, Carney emphasized that the administration welcomed the senators’ plan — especially the involvement of Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.