Obama Says ‘Now Is the Time’ for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

BY News Desk  January 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM EDT


In Nevada Tuesday, President Obama outlined his vision for immigration reform, insisting that “now is the time” for action while embracing a bipartisan plan detailed by the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators Monday.

You can watch the president’s full address above. See the White House’s full fact sheet on the president’s ideas for comprehensive immigration reform.

“Do we have the resolve as a people, as a country, as a government to finally put this issue behind us? I believe that we do,” Mr. Obama told the crowd at a public high school in Las Vegas.

He said his plan is meant to give “some key markers to members of Congress as they craft a bill.” And he praised the Senate proposal, which includes plans to create a path to legal citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people now estimated to be living in the United States. That agreement also calls for increased border security and an effective verification system to crack down on employers who hire workers in the country illegally.

At the same time, the president warned that “if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.”

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner responded to the president’s address with a statement: “There are a lot of ideas about how best to fix our broken immigration system. Any solution should be a bipartisan one, and we hope the president is careful not to drag the debate to the left and ultimately disrupt the difficult work that is ahead in the House and Senate.”

Here is our extensive coverage and newsmaker interviews from Monday night, here is analysis in the Morning Line and tune in tonight to the NewsHour for an in-depth look at the political hurdles ahead.


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