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President Obama says Yes We Can to Immigration Reform

April 09, 2009 - Posted by Katherine Vargas




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Julia Preston of The New York Times reports that President Obama is planning to move comprehensive immigration reform forward this year:


While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.


Mr. Obama will frame the new effort — likely to rouse passions on all sides of the highly divisive issue — as “policy reform that controls immigration and makes it an orderly system,” said the official, Cecilia Muñoz, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs in the White House.

Mr. Obama plans to speak publicly about the issue in May, administration officials said, and over the summer he will convene working groups, including lawmakers from both parties and a range of immigration groups, to begin discussing possible legislation for as early as this fall.


The article warns that this will not be an easy ride and that the President needs to feel supported in order to move forward:


The White House is calculating that public support for fixing the immigration system, which is widely acknowledged to be broken, will outweigh opposition from voters who argue that immigrants take jobs from Americans…


Anticipating opposition, Mr. Obama has sought to shift some of the political burden to advocates for immigrants, by encouraging them to build support among voters for when his proposal goes to Congress.

Obama to Push Immigration Bill as One Priority, April 8, 2009


So you are hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth. The President needs your support to prove to Washington that the American public wants a real workable solution to our dysfunctional immigration system. Those who oppose humane immigration reform have shown in the past that they can be a very vocal minority; it is time for Washington to hear our voices and hear that we support a real comprehensive solution that will reduce illegal immigration, respect hardworking immigrant families, and reflect American values of fairness, justice and family unity. Tell the President: Yes you can Count on Me!



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