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Whitehouse Press Release: Statement by the President on Commonsense Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama speaks about government...

President Barack Obama speaks about government contracting reform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

VIA THE WHITE HOUSE

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
April 16, 2013

This afternoon, Senators Schumer and McCain briefed me on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that they have drafted with their colleagues in the Senate. This bill is clearly a compromise, and no one will get everything they wanted, including me. But it is largely consistent with the principles that I have repeatedly laid out for comprehensive reform. This bill would continue to strengthen security at our borders and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers. It would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are already in this country illegally. And it would modernize our legal immigration system so that we’re able to reunite families and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help create good paying jobs and grow our economy. These are all commonsense steps that the majority of Americans support. I urge the Senate to quickly move this bill forward and, as I told Senators Schumer and McCain, I stand willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.

President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks before the signing of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. March 7, 2013.

Smith: Senate Democrats Block Jobs Bill

Smith: Senate Democrats Block Jobs Bill

Washington, D.C. – Senate Republicans today asked that the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) be brought up and passed by Unanimous Consent but Senate Democrats blocked the bill’s consideration.  The STEM Jobs Act eliminates the diversity visa program and reallocates up to 55,000 new green cards to the most highly qualified foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.  The bill also contains a provision to put families first, allowing the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents to come to the U.S. after waiting one year for their green cards.  Last week, the House of Representatives today approved the STEM Jobs Act by a vote of 245-139.

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President Obama optimistic on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Official photographic portrait of US President...

US President Barack Obama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An LA Times article covering the President’s optimism on passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  The President indicated that several Republicans have also acknowledged the need for CIR (ostensibly to court the Latino vote for future elections).  

“Obama outlined what he would like to see included in an immigration reform package but did not answer a question about whether he would send a draft of the legislation to Congress to consider.”