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Obama, GOP offer differing visions on immigration

Published: Mon, July 15, 2013 @ 7:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using his presidential pulpit to press the Republican-controlled House to embrace a path to citizenship for all 11 million people living illegally in the U.S., while a top Republican says only those brought to America as children should be given the highest priority.

With prospects shaky for passing an immigration overhaul in the House, the White House insisted today that to garner Obama's signature, any bill must satisfy the president's principles — the path to citizenship chief among them. But Obama is leaving the particulars of how Congress gets there up to lawmakers, wary of strong-arming the process and handling Republicans an excuse to vote no.

"I cannot even begin to count the number of possibilities that could emerge through the House process. So I'm not going to," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "What I'm saying is that the end result has to meet the president's principles if he's going to sign it into law."

He said Obama would voice those principles and the benefits of fixing immigration Tuesday in interviews with Spanish-language TV stations.

If the White House had its way, the House would simply and swiftly take up a sweeping Senate bill that passed with bipartisan support. But House Speaker John Boehner has already rejected that notion, preferring to tackle the nation's immigration laws in "bite-sized chunks."


1Jerry(864 comments)posted 3 years ago

There should never be a path to any legal status for any illegal alien, unless and until they LEAVE THE USA, go to the end of the line, and apply for legal re-entry via normal and legal means. No illegal alien should ever be allowed to stay. Any bill that authorizes anything to the contrary is unacceptable; I don't care who proposes or votes for it.

Illegal is illegal is illegal, what is so difficult to understand??

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2redeye1(5684 comments)posted 3 years ago

Jerry don't you just love when all the dumbocrats get on T.V.. and telll you either their grandparents or even parents are immigrates . But what they don't tell is that they came to this country legally, not just over the border. I totally agree there shouldn't be anyway that the illegals can become citizens. but the dumbocrats are the ones selling this country down the tubes with their BS

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3Jerry(864 comments)posted 3 years ago

Why does the comment counter indicate that more comments have been posted, when no additional comments appear???

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