Having Blocked Reform for 8 Years, Obama Will Push for Immigration Overhaul in 2013
He undermined bipartisan attempts at comprehensive immigration reform from 2005 through 2007 as a Senator. He broke his promise to introduce immigration reforms in his first term, and used election-year executive action in a cynical ploy for Latino votes. Now, the New York Times reports, President Barack Obama is about to push for new immigration legislation, using his State of the Union address and his new political clout.
Most of the work–as usual–has been done by others. Senators from both parties have been hammering out the details of a comprehensive approach, the Times reports–one that Democrats insist must include a “path to citizenship.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has made immigration reform a priority, insists that legislation must be passed piece by piece; Democrats are insisting on a one-shot, all-inclusive, up-or-down vote.
President Obama has not proposed a plan, but will soon, says the Times:
The White House will argue that its solution for illegal immigrants is not an amnesty, as many critics insist, because it would include fines, the payment of back taxes and other hurdles for illegal immigrants who would obtain legal status, the officials said.