Obama open to piecemeal approach to immigration

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 20, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., – Is the reform bill dead in 2013? House Republicans are insisting that they have a full plate for the remainder of the year.

But President Barack Obama said something can still be done this year. He told the House GOP that he’s open to the idea of a piecemeal approach to passing the legislation.

Addressing business leaders at a Wall Street Journal Conference in Washington DC yesterday, President Obama said he is open to passing a series of immigration reform measures, as long as all the necessary components are included.

“We do have to deal with about 11 million folks who are in this country, most of them just seeking opportunity. They did break the law by coming here or overstaying their visa and they’ve got to earn their way out of the shadows: pay a fine, learn English, get to the back of the line, pay their back taxes – but giving them a mechanism whereby they can get right by our society,” he said.

In June, Senate Democrats passed legislation that included provisions for border security, improvements to legal immigration and a 13-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

But conservatives in the House have called the Senate legislation “amnesty” and said the bill, as a whole, does not have chance of passing in the floor.

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  • amfil
    20 November 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    We need Jobs jobs jobs not more people to drain social welfare

  • JD
    20 November 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Most house Republicans reject a comprehensive approach and many question offering citizenship to people who broke U.S. immigration laws to be in this country. What the GOP is saying NO WAY to obama approach to immigration !

  • Delia
    21 November 2013 at 5:40 am - Reply

    America is down to her knee , the liar in chief is succeding in ruinning the country , How’s that hope and change working out for you dumbo-craps .

    Jobs will be lost , your health care going sky rocket , groceries trippled prices , death panel is on our plate now . Demons-crap voted for deciever in chief not once but twice , hows that working for you now ?

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