White House: Immigration Deal Sounds Good

But Obama's wary of border security provisions

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 28, 2013 2:25 PM CST

(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.

Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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