White House: Immigration Deal Sounds Good
But Obama's wary of border security provisions
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2013 2:25 PM CST
Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – The White House offered a tentative endorsement of the bipartisan immigration deal that a group of senators offered today. "We are seeing a consensus building here," spokesman Jay Carney said, adding that the deal appears to "mirror" President Obama's principles. But Roll Call reports that Carney dodged several questions about the central border enforcement-for-citizenship compromise. "I am not in a position to negotiate details of a bill that hasn’t been written," Carney said, adding "our borders are more secure now than they have ever been."

The senators behind the deal unveiled its outlines at a news conference this afternoon. "We have been too content for too long to allow individuals to mow our lawns, serve our food, clean our homes, and even watch our children, while not affording them any of the benefits that make our country so great," John McCain said. "I think everyone agrees that it's not beneficial to our country to have these people here hidden in the shadows." They cautioned however that it would be a while before legislative language was hammered out.

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hog_one
Jan 29, 2013 4:23 AM CST
"Our boarders are more secure than ever" By the US Boarder Patrols own report they say, only they are apperhanding 40% of those that cross the boarder. The Department of Homeland Security says the biggest risk for a "dirty bomb" tobe smuggeled into the United States is accross the Mexica/American boarder. Yes our boarders are more secure than ever.
JesseJ
Jan 28, 2013 6:28 PM CST
The biggest reason there are less illegals here is because our economy is in the tank, thanks to our wonderful government. We need to bring back the CCC and make welfare leeches earn their money. Get rid of the illegals ( not the legals ), and tighten up on idiots who think it's OK to take money from somebody's pocket and give it to someone who didn't earn it.
CitizenX
Jan 28, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Illegal immigration is just another smoke screen to make it seem as tho the federal elite are doing anything in Washington. Do not be fooled, or divided. We were all immigrants at one time. The real issue is who is to blame for the state of the union at this point in history. And the overwhelming answer is the federal government. Now, what shall we the people do?