U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 24, 2013.
President Barack Obama met Friday morning with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to assure them that comprensive immigration reform would be his “top legislative priority,” Representative Linda Sánchez told BuzzFeed.
Sánchez, along with six members of Congress, convened in the Roosevelt Room with Obama and members of his senior staff, including advisors Cecilia Muñoz, Valerie Jarrett, and Rob Nabors.
“In his opening remarks he said, ‘This is my top legislative priority,’ and that resonated with us. We know he’s serious about this. It was a very positive meeting,” said Sánchez.
Sánchez — a key member of immigration talks who has been working toward reform legislation for more than 10 years — said specifics were not discussed at the meeting.
“There was no discussion about where a bill would originate — just an agreement and understanding that this process has to move quickly,” said Sánchez. “Everyone at the table had a sense of urgency about this.”
Sánchez said an immigration reform bill could come from the Senate or from the House. “The idea is that those two efforts are going to be the basis of the legislation,” added Sánchez, who told BuzzFeed she didn’t think the president would be making his own legislative proposal.
“It’s going to be a joint effort and everybody has a role to play. We really feel like the time is right now, and that it is incumbent upon Republicans to work with us,” said Sánchez. “The president knows that we’re ready to get our hands dirty with this.”
The Hispanic Caucus met with the president’s staff earlier this month to discuss immigration reform, but this was the group’s first meeting this year with President Obama himself.
Update: The White House released a statement on the meeting, saying Obama met with the Caucus to “discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules,” reads the statement. “The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership onthe issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.”
The White House said that President Obama would be traveling next week to Nevada, where he will “redouble the Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.”
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THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER MUST SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANOTHER POTENTIAL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. Of course President Obama is going to Nevada to debate Illegal Immigration, as the state is snowed under with illegal aliens. Thousands of them voted in the general election for President, as well as many of the 50 States in the clutches of Liberal assemblies. I just hope the Congress knows they are committing self inflicted Hari-Kari, if they presumed to know what the taxpayers want..? Only the ‘Deadbeats” don’t care as they are not paying a nickel into the federal and state tax pool, as they live like parasites of the people who have jobs, same as the illegal alien parents who have smuggled their offspring here and then apply for welfare for all their 6 kids, free schooling, health care and a lump sum of benefit money. Adds up to a nice tidy sum, which goes towards the underground job their relatives have marshaled them into? For me an Independent voter, that only the TEA PARTY makes sense and can return America to country it once was? The only way that I see to clean up the pandemonium called Immigration enforcement, is a strict and 100 percent mandatory E-Verify? A mandatory E-Verify, perhaps even run by a security company or a charge card company as Visa or Master card and not lax government employees? Spend the money and make it as foolproof as possible and use whatever resources are available. If the U.S. government can make vehicular unmanned probes that can detect a license plate from thousands of feet above us, they can surely build computer software that can detect illegal aliens in jobs meant for Americans and legal residents? E-Verify has expanded its information sources to include State driver’s license records, which strengthens the veracity of the program. Florida and Tennessee initiated this innovation allowing USCIS to collect data using their vehicle agencies for worker discrepancies. It is pastime that the Congress enact Lamar Smith’s “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL” R-Texas) bill to (Phone: 202-225-4236), as proposed will make E-Verify a mandatory law and will no longer be voluntary. America has come to this paramount point, because of years of corruption by both parties. An estimated 23 million Americans are still jobless, in part time work or just gave up looking, while millions of illegal aliens still have jobs. This is very sinister situation and those responsible should be held accountable, but never are? With President Obama’s ultimatum of another path to citizenship, we could be seeing a repeat of the rampant fraud that existed in the 1986 Amnesty. Like a giant magnet millions of more foreign nationals outside the United States are going to try and break into our sovereign nation. Illegal aliens will funnel somewhere along the border regions or by lying to the Embassy staff in foreign countries to obtain a visa as a tourist. Before any new Comprehensive Immigration Reform we must secure our borders, constructing the two fences to the former plan of President Bush, the 2006 Secure Fence Act. Lastly, the second bill that must be passed is Steve Kings (R-Iowa) THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT (H.R. 140). Contact his main Washington office at (Phone: 202.225.4426) or his subsidiary offices in Iowa. The Birthright Citizenship bill will bring to an end the “Anchor Baby” legal-corruption, meant for the past generation of slaves. By passing this law, we can stop any more DREAMERS’ ACT or sponsorship of family members who arrive here under CHAIN MIGRATION. There is no real statistics on the cost, but smuggling young children or unborn into the U.S. pays off for the illegal alien parents, in hundreds of billions of dollars a year—and over decades TRILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS, including child tax refunds that should never paid in the first place. The IRS has turned a blind eye to this robbery of more taxpayer’s money. These two laws should be strongly endorsed right now, to eradicate the corruption in high positions. The insistence from lobbyists that our politicians should not pass these laws, as it would cut into the incredible profits of corporations and businesses, large and small. That is why the 1986 Amnesty became a terrible mess, because millions of foreigners poured into our country as soon as President Reagan signed the bill. Least we not forget that Obama’s people passed the Affordable Care Act, which has endless possibilities for illegal aliens. Supposedly foreign nationals cannot apply for ObamaCare, but I know as well as millions of TEA Party members and a large proportion of average Americans that a loophole will materialize or using procured Social Security numbers or feeder identification that in the endless bureaucratic chaos to follow, they will benefit from it, costing the legal population even more billions? Even with millions of Americans jobless the labor visa program still brings into this country over a million legal immigrants a year. A limited number come under the highly skilled category of STEM workers, who are top engineers and other heavily credentialed staff for different high level jobs. But the majority comes sponsored by years of immigration corruption going back decades. Immediate family members who are sponsored eventually become the U.S. taxpayer responsibility in the majority of cases.
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By all means to the Dems have to increase their voting base. No better way to do that than offer amnesty to millions of illegals. I’d vote for him to if I just crossed the border and *bam!*, I can start collecting welfare! Amazing the rights liberals take away from people in order to remain in power and expand government.
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