Obama: 'Now's the Time' for Immigration Changes
Praises Senate effort, says he'll submit his own if it gets hung up
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2013 2:47 PM CST
President Obama points to someone in the crowd as he arrives to speak about immigration at Del Sol High School Tuesday in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama today praised the bipartisan push for immigration reform in the Senate but made clear he would submit his own bill to Congress if it stalls, reports the Washington Post. Still, his speech in Vegas today was upbeat:

  • "The differences are dwindling ... a broad consensus is emerging," he said, reports AP. "The time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform."
  • The Senate plan, he added, is "very much in line with the principles I've proposed and campaigned on for the last few years. At this point, it looks like there's a genuine desire to get this done soon."
  • "Now's the time," he said over and over.

Obama's plan, like the one unveiled yesterday by senators, creates a path to citizenship for the nation's approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants. They would register and get a "provisional" status after paying fees and passing a background check. After that, they could apply for full citizenship, but they'd have to get in line behind immigrants already in the system. Unlike the senators, the president doesn't want to make the process dependent on tougher border controls, notes the New York Times. As expected, Obama also called for benefits to be extended to same-sex couples if one member of the couple is an American.

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lfjj
Jan 30, 2013 11:08 AM CST
We got imigration issues in Sweden as well.
HANKHILL
Jan 30, 2013 8:08 AM CST
good for him! THE FIRST IMMIGRATION REFORM HE SHOULD PACK UP AND GO BACK TO WHERE EVER HE CAME FROM!
MisterPlinkett
Jan 29, 2013 11:00 PM CST
First they'll take our guns. Then they'll allow for even more criminals to come into this country. Then they'll declare martial law because the people will demand the protection that they gave up.