Obama, GOP offer differing visions on immigration

By Josh Lederman/ Associated Press

July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using his presidential pulpit to press the Republican-controlled House to embrace a path to citizenship for all 11 million people living illegally in the U.S., while a top Republican says only those brought to America as children should be given the highest priority.

With prospects shaky for passing an immigration overhaul in the House, the White House insisted Monday that to garner Obama’s signature, any bill must satisfy the president’s principles — the path to citizenship chief among them. But Obama is leaving the particulars of how Congress gets there up to lawmakers, wary of strong-arming the process and handling Republicans an excuse to vote no.

‘‘I cannot even begin to count the number of possibilities that could emerge through the House process. So I’m not going to,’’ said White House spokesman Jay Carney. ‘‘What I’m saying is that the end result has to meet the president’s principles if he’s going to sign it into law.’’

He said Obama would voice those principles and the benefits of fixing immigration Tuesday in interviews with Spanish-language TV stations.

If the White House had its way, the House would simply and swiftly take up a sweeping Senate bill that passed with bipartisan support. But House Speaker John Boehner has already rejected that notion, preferring to tackle the nation’s immigration laws in ‘‘bite-sized chunks.’’

Boehner’s approach reflects the intense skepticism of the GOP rank-and-file, who say they don’t trust Obama will fulfill border-security requirements in the Senate-passed bill. Although Republicans generally acknowledge they must broaden their appeal to Hispanic voters whose influence in elections is rapidly growing, many say they fear primary challenges from the right if they support a new path to citizenship.

One exception that appeared to be gaining traction among Republicans is to offer a citizenship path only to those brought here as children. Allowing only those individuals to obtain citizenship could shield Republicans from attacks by conservatives that they’re giving a free pass to those who voluntarily broke the law.

‘‘I think that group of people — some call DREAMers — is a group that deserves perhaps the highest priority attention,’’ Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said at an immigration-related conference in California. ‘‘They know no other country.’’

Goodlatte and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., are working on a bill to address the status of those immigrants, although the timing is uncertain. And Goodlatte cautioned that any such measure should hinge on completion of enforcement measures to prevent parents from smuggling their children into the U.S. in the future.

Obama has kept his distance from the back-and-forth in Congress, knowing that the political imperative for Republicans will likely be more persuasive than any pressure he applies — and that aligning himself too closely to any legislation could actually make it harder to attract GOP support.

Still, with a major component of his legacy on the line, Obama is ratcheting up his efforts to make clear to Republicans that without meaningful action on immigration, Republicans will be hard-pressed in future elections to peel Hispanic support away from Democrats. More than 70 percent of Hispanics backed Obama in his re-election last year.

From the grounds of the White House, Obama will take to the airwaves Tuesday of Spanish-language TV stations Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York. The White House said Obama will argue that immigration reform is in line with the nation’s values and in the country’s economic interests.
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Associated Press writer Amy Taxin in Newport Beach, Calif., contributed to this report.

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  • jorge buesa
    15 July 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Hey people look who OBAMA is takeing care , it’s the hispanics because 70 percent backed Obama in his re-election last year. I feel sorry for 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. Like your all in a chess game. Good luck to you all ? It doesn’t look good for all of you right now. look like all of you have to kiss politicians ass to stay in america. Good Luck !

  • Mariel
    16 July 2013 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Try discussing all the add on in the bill…this is not a simple immigration bill that is why each part has to be reviewed. Like most bills past there a lot of pork and inserts in it that has no relevance to immigration but gives unnecessary powers and funds to many that needs to be reviewed by Congress…Did you educated your viewers on this?

  • Mariel
    16 July 2013 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Try discussing all the add on in the bill…this is not a simple immigration bill that is why each part has to be reviewed. Like most bills past there a lot of pork and inserts in it that has no relevance to immigration but gives unnecessary powers and funds to many that needs to be reviewed by Congress…Did you educated your viewers on this? You have to present the whole situation as to why the review is necessary too.

  • noz
    16 July 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    obama couldn’t care less, that the immigration reform will affect jobs availability for minorities in particular among blacks, currently with the highest in record of unemployment. the government is flat broke to support these illegal aliens with growing family, more dependents, more babies of illegal aliens will be demanding subsidies from the taxpayers. obama wants a fast track immigration reform, blatantly telling the house GOP not to read the senate version immigration reform, just like what democrats did, headed by pelosi, reid, passing obamacare without reading the fine prints, now politicians reading are finding obamacare is a disaster, labor union leaders are saying obamacare is a disaster, so obama have no choice but postpone obamacare for another year. obama’s hideous motive is to create millions of democrat voters from legalization of illegal aliens, this is self interest of obama and his democratic party. the public should be alarmed why obama is too obsess with this immigration reform, while his administration without accomplishments, but will boast the killing of bin laden, without a budget, without plans on how to solve unresolved problems from foreign relations, scandals in all shapes and form, the 17 trillion debt, the worst tanked economy affecting citizens/legal aliens lives, who can’t even afford to buy non luxuries such as gas, steak, fish, fresh vegetables/fruits, aspirin, down to toilet paper. yes whatever you all spend on gas and groceries before obama, now you all better bring double dollar amount with you when you enter grocery stores, approach gas stations. so you all can buy, bring home the necessities of life to survive, the so called decent american way of living is all gone, its nothing but memories…………H I S T O R Y…………

    • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
      17 July 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      @noz… as usual, your post post post post have no factual and intellectual, no factual and intellectual, no factual and intellectual content content content content! mumbo jumbo mumbo jumbo mumbo jumbo offtopic offtopic offtopic garbage put together…. really? really? really? really? get it! get it! get it! get it!

      • noz
        18 July 2013 at 8:41 am - Reply

        THESE ARE THE FACTS……….AREN’T YOU A PROUD PROFESSED ANTI CAPITALIST?, THEN YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE, YOU ARE ON WELFARE……….YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY. THERE ARE 150 MILLION, GIVE/TAKE LIKE YOU. SO TELL THE WORLD, HOW MANY MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY ARE IN THE BANDWAGON OF SUCKERS OF AMERICA. YOUR POST AS ALWAYS ARE PERSONAL ATTACK. WHY DON’T YOU WRITE YOUR FACTUAL QUERY, A LIAR, FAKE LIKE YOU CAN’T, YOU HAVE NO FACTS, BUT LOADED BULLCRAP, YOU, THE BULLSHITTER ARE LAUGH AT. ALL THE CAPITALISTS, THE HARD WORKERS OF AMERICA AND THE WORLD, READERS WHO HAVE READ YOUR POSTS ARE ALL LAUGHING AT YOU, HEAR THEIR NON STOP HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA……….

        • delialusional
          18 July 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

          Narrow minded Noz ! You might want to write on bigger fonts man ! Your fonts ain’t catching enough attention, and you are just pissing yourself of too much.

          • noz
            18 July 2013 at 10:04 am -

            DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, THE MANY FACES, THE DEFENDER OF THE SAME MANY FACES. ALL MY RESPONSE TO YOUR LOVER, NOW WITH THE NAME jr(catholic against rightwingextremism) GOES TO YOU AS WELL. EVERYONE ON THE RIGHT PLACE ARE WELCOMING YOU, WITH THEIR HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU. REMINDER, STAY ON YOUR LEFT, THE PLACE OF THE SUCKERS, LIKE YOUR LOVER. THE SAME AS YOUR LOVER, YOU ARE A SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME ON THE RIGHT PLACE. PISSING? YOU MEAN, YOU PISS IN THE WIND, SO YOU PICK TO BE AN INFECTED WITH DENGUE MOSQUITO TODAY?, TO GET YOU REAL FAST ON THIS THREAD. LET SEE, I AM HOLDING A BLACK FLAG. DON’T FORCE ME TO SPRAY YOU. EVERYONE ON THE RIGHT PLACE ARE SAYING JUST JOIN THEM WITH HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA AT YOU, BUT GAVE ME AN OPTION LATER TO SPRAY YOU IF YOU REMAIN A CHRONIC NUISANCE.

          • noz
            18 July 2013 at 10:41 pm -

            DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, LISTEN MULTIPLE FACES, UNSCHOOLED FOOL, GO TO SCHOOL TO LEARN THE POLITICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PROGRESSIVE, THE LFET, AND THE RIGHT, BUT A DUMMY LIKE YOU ARE BEYOND HELP. THEN, YOU WILL FOREVER BE AN UNEDUCATED PERSON, ALL YOU KNOW ARE BULLCRAP TO DISPARAGE INDIVIDUALS ON THE RIGHT PLACE ARE TOO LAUGHABLE. WHY?, YOU HAVE NOT PUT FORTH OBJECTIVE PROBE ON THE TOPIC ABOVE, OR ON ANY TOPIC FOR THAT MATTER, PROOF YOU ARE AN ILLITERATE POS, HOWLING NON STOP LIKE A MAD DOG. YOU ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING, BUT A BULLSHIT ARTIST, A TROLL FACE TROLLING AROUND, EMBARRASSING ONESELF, A DUMMY TO CRITIQUE SMART PEOPLE’S ANALYSIS OF THE TOPIC, DRIVING LEVEL HEADED, NOTABLE PEOPLE TO HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU. YOUR INSISTENT AS A SMART ASS IS FALSE, AND ONCE MORE TOO LAUGHABLE, ASS….LE IS TRUE. DECENT PEOPLE ARE ON QUEST TO RESTORE AMERICA, PROTECT AMERICA FROM SUCKERS LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, LIKE YOU AND YOUR LOVER ANTI CAPITALIST HAVE FURTHER WREAK HAVOC ON THIS GREAT NATION. I WILL ALWAYS REMIND AMERICANS FOR AMERICA, YOUR STATUS, THE STATUS OF ANTI CAPITALIST, YOUR LOVER AS SUCKERS, LIVING OFF ON OTHERS PEOPLE MONEY.

        • noz
          18 July 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

          GO AHEAD, WEIGH IN ON THE TOPIC ABOVE. MUST I TELL YOU, SANE PEOPLE WILL ADDRESS ANALYTICALLY, IF THEY HAVE IN THEIR MIND TO SAY ABOUT THE TOPIC?, ONLY INSANE PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF, A TROLL FACE, RIDING ON A TROLLEY FOLLY GOING AROUND THE THREAD, OUT OF CONTROL BLURTING YOUR ABSURDITY TO ALL THE POSTERS ON THE RIGHT PLACE. STAY ON YOUR LEFT, SINCE YOU LOVE TO BE A SUCKER OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY TO BRING ALL YOU CAN SUCK, BACK TO THE SLIMY, SLUMS, BLACK HOLE PITS, WHERE YOU ALWAYS BELONG FOREVER AND EVER. AGAIN, ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT PLACE WORKING FOR THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY, THE CAPITALISTS, THE READERS OF THE RIGHT PLACE, EVERYONE ARE HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA HA, HA, HA, HA AT YOU……….ASS….LE LIKE VERY MUCH TO BE LAUGH AT, RIGHT?, SO DO YOU, RIGHT??????????. SO KEEP ON GOING WITH YOUR NASTINESS. I, AND ALL THE FOLKS ON THE RIGHT PLACE SURELY WILL THROW ALL YOUR BULLCRAP BACK TO YOU……….

          • delialusional
            18 July 2013 at 10:08 am -

            Go and be on the left as much as you could possibly can, just make sure you don’t fall on the cliff for you are on the edge.

          • delialusional
            18 July 2013 at 10:21 am -

            NOZI BALASI – YOU MIGHT WANT TO YELL EVEN MORE LOUDER. I can’t hear you !

      • Delia
        18 July 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

        Jr , i would like for you to stop using words i used , find your own , you copy cat just exposed your demented brain for copying . I did not give you permition nor authroize you to used them.

        • delialusional
          18 July 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

          JR – kumuha ka daw ng PERMIT, para mabigyan ka ng PERMISSION.

          • noz
            18 July 2013 at 11:26 pm -

            DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, THE MANY FACES OF SHAME. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF YOURSELF AS CAPABLE WRITING ENGLISH, PROOF SAYS OTHERWISE, YOU CAN’T WRITE ENGLISH THE PROPER WAY. YOUR POOR WRITING ARE EXPOSING YOUR TRUE ILLITERACY WITH CONTENTS THAT ARE LAUGHABLE. SMART PEOPLE ARE POKING THEIR HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU. GO ON, KEEP THEM GOING LAUGHING AT YOU……….

          • noz
            18 July 2013 at 11:43 pm -

            DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, TRIPLE OR MORE FACES, I AM NOT DONE WITH ALL YOUR DUMDUM RESPONSE. THE PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT PLACE CAN’T WAIT TO LAUGH AT YOU. YOUR PERSONAL ATTACK WILL BE MET WITH THE BADDEST HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, A T Y O U. THIS WILL BE THE NUCLEAR WEAPON TO YOUR INNER CONSCIENCE TO EXPLODE INTO PIECES OR BE PULVERIZED, LIKE ASHES.

          • noz
            19 July 2013 at 12:03 am -

            DELIALUSIONAL, BULOKNAISDA, AV, ____________NOZI BALAZI – YOU MIGHT WANT TO YELL EVEN MORE LOUDER. I can’t hear you !. THE POOREST ENGLISH COMBINING MORE AND LOUDER. YOU THINK I DID NOT RESPONSE TO YOUR LAUGHABLE ENGLISH? GO FIND MY REBUT TO YOUR ILLITERATE WRITING.

          • delialusional
            19 July 2013 at 7:03 am -

            Noz – Don’t wait until you become apprehended for your threats. Do you understand me?

          • delialusional
            19 July 2013 at 7:13 am -

            Noz – DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME THAT I AM THREATENING YOU !! CAN YOU PLEASE RE-READ YOUR POSTS AND SEE WHO REALLY WAS THREATENING?? I THINK PEOPLE WILL AGREE THAT YOU ARE THE ONE WHO CANNOT UNDERSTAND A WORD THAT YOU ARE SAYING !!!! LOGICALLY, YOU FEEL THREATENED BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN THREATS.. ISN’T THAT’S HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU START THREATENING SOMEONE, YOU FEEL THREATENED BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOURSELF THAT YOU INSTIGATED THE WHOLE THING??? NOW NOZ, WHO CANNOT UNDERSTAND ENGLISH??? DO YOU WANT ME TO SPELL CYBER BULLYING ON YOUR FACE???? DO YOU WANT ME TO SPELL ARREST??? IF I HEAR ONE MORE THREATENING WORD FROM YOU, I WON’T HESITATE TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL WHO NEEDS TO BE CALLED AND REPORT THIS INCIDENT… I AM DEAD SERIOUS NOZ..

      • Delia
        18 July 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

        Your “triggers” are toothless jokes Jr , your post is mostly empty, i’m sure like most of your mind as well . Oh !! before you get overboard , copy cat . Use your brain and think for youself a words of your own to refudiate your opponents , stop showing the public that you luck intellect. I call that infringement.

        • delialusional
          18 July 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

          Lucky Money daw Jr.

  • jorge buesa
    17 July 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    noz your Right, it’s merories and it’s History, i’m glad to say i was part of it. America is Broke right now. Lets see what happens in the next ten years that’s how long it’s going take to see what happens ?

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