Obama calls for immigration law by end of the year

President asks for Republican cooperation; House GOP wants to approach any change in piecemeal fashion
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2013

 

President Barack Obama made a plea for Republican cooperation on immigration Thursday, seeking common ground by year's end in the aftermath of the divisive partial government shutdown. Yet prospects for success this year remain a long shot even as a handful of House GOP lawmakers push for more limited measures.

Obama's renewed focus on immigration comes amid mounting criticism of the White House over computer problems that have plagued insurance enrollment under the 3-year-old health care law. It also comes nearly four months since a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill that would tighten border security and provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

"Rather than create problems, let's prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems," Obama said during an event devoted to immigration at the White House.

The Senate measure has stalled in the House, where most Republicans reject a comprehensive approach and many question offering citizenship to people who broke U.S. immigration laws to be in this country.

Still, White House officials say they believe that the partial government shutdown, rather than poisoning the political atmosphere, may have created an opportunity for collaboration with Republicans seeking to repair their image, which polls show took a hit during the prolonged fight over financing the government and extending the nation's borrowing limit.

Moreover, Obama made a point of underscoring support for an immigration bill from the members of the business community, traditional Republican allies who criticized GOP tactics that led to the partial shutdown and to brinkmanship over a potentially economy-jarring default on U.S. debt.

The White House took notice when Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, indicated on Wednesday that he was hopeful that immigration legislation could be done before year's end.

But Republican strategists also say the most opportune time to act might not come until after next year's 2014 primary elections, when lawmakers will be freer to vote without fear of having to run against a more conservative challenger.

And while Obama called for the House to pass a large bill that could then be reconciled with the Senate version, House Republicans want to approach any changes in piecemeal fashion, a process that at best would push any significant progress into next year.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said Thursday that the House "will not consider any massive, Obamacare-style legislation that no one understands." He said the House is committed to a deliberate, "step-by-step approach."

"Obviously, there is no appetite for one big bill," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart told a group of reporters Wednesday night. The Florida Republican, who had been a member of the unsuccessful bipartisan "gang of eight," is working with other Republicans on a set of bills that would allow undocumented immigrants to "get right with the law."

Diaz-Balart avoided using the word "legalization" because it has become so politically fraught.

Arguments that the issue is a political drag on the GOP that will undermine the party's chances in the 2016 presidential election have failed to sway rank-and-file Republicans, who are responding to the demands of base GOP voters in their districts rather than the nation's changing demographics.

In an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in early October, 52 percent said they favored providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become citizens, while 44 percent said they opposed such a plan. Most Democrats in the survey backed the idea (70 percent favored it, 29 percent opposed), while independents were divided, 45 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed. Republicans broke against it, with 34 percent in favor and 65 percent opposed.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is working on his own measure to provide temporary status for some immigrants in the country illegally.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., are focused on legislation to deal with immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The Judiciary Committee moved forward with individual, single-issue immigration bills before the August recess, but the full House has taken no action on the measures.

Responding to Obama, Goodlatte rejected the comprehensive Senate approach and insisting on piecemeal measures that address enforcement, border security and the appropriate legal status for those immigrants here illegally.

"We don't need another massive, Obamacare-like bill that is full of surprises and dysfunction after it becomes law," he said in a statement, echoing Boehner's office.

Diaz-Balart also underscored another challenge — the GOP insistence that any measure brought to the House floor have the support of a majority of Republicans. With 231 Republicans in the House now, that means at least 115 GOP members.

"We have to get the majority of the majority to move forward," Diaz-Balart said. "It's also mathematically that we're going to need Democratic votes."

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Darwin's choice

On top of this, yes, let's put more strain on the economy! They do need the voters though!
Welfar Map interesting

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Look at the map then check out the text.

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> The 11 States pictured below now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!
> Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What's the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000,which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.
> Furthermore:
> There are actually two messages here. The first is very
> interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding - and explains a lot.
>
> A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very
> interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International
> Health Organization.
>
> Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years
> after diagnosis:
>
> U.S. 65%
>
> England 46%
>
> Canada 42%
>
>
> Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received
> treatment within six months:
>
> U.S. 93%
>
> England 15%
>
> Canada 43%
>
>
> Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it
> within six months:
>
> U.S. 90%
>
> England 15%
>
> Canada 43%
>
>
> Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within
> one month:
>
> U.S. 77%
>
> England 40%
>
> Canada 43%
>
>
> Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million
> people:
>
> U.S. 71
>
> England 14
>
> Canada 18
>
>
> Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are
> in "excellent health":
>
> U.S. 12%
>
> England 2%
>
> Canada 6%
>
>
> And now for the last statistic:
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> National Health Insurance?
>
> U.S. NO
>
> England YES
>
> Canada YES
>
> Check this last set of statistics!!
>
> The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked
> in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet.
> You know what the private business sector is; a real-life business, not a
> government job. Here are the percentages.
>
>
> T. Roosevelt.................... 38%
>
> Taft................................ 40%
>
> Wilson ........................... 52%
>
> Harding........................... 49%
>
> Coolidge......................... 48%
>
> Hoover ............................ 42%
>
> F. Roosevelt..................... 50%
>
> Truman........................... 50%
>
> Eisenhower................ .... 57%
>
> Kennedy......................... 30%
>
> Johnson.......................... 47%
>
> Nixon.............................. 53%
>
> Ford................................ 42%
>
> Carter............................. 32%
>
> Reagan............................ 56%
>
> GH Bush.......................... 51%
>
> Clinton .......................... 39%
>
> GW Bush........................ 55%
>
> Obama............................. 8%
>
>
> This helps to explain the incompetence of this administration:
> only 8% of them have ever worked in private business!
>
> That's right! Only eight percent---the least, by far, of the
> last 19 presidents! And these people are trying to tell our big
> corporations how to run their business?
>
> How can the president of a major nation and society, the one
> with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk
> about business when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has
> never really had one? And when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff
> and closest advisers? They've spent most of their time in academia,
> government and/or non-profit jobs or as "community organizers."
> They should have been in an employment line.
>
> Pass this on because we'll NEVER see these facts in the main
> stream media
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The Big Dog's back

"Pass this on because we'll NEVER see these facts in the main
stream media".
Could the reason be because it's not true? Tabloid journalism = Repub news center.

Darwin's choice

Sounds just like most of the crap you spew.....

neym33

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coasterfan

Democrats need the voters? Actually, no. We are already in the majority, and conservatives are a shrinking minority, as their angry, old white man base gradually dies off. Didn't you get the memo?

The reason that 90% of Hispanics vote Democrat has far more to do with the fact that the GOP is so blatantly anti-minority.

Contango

Re: "the GOP is so blatantly anti-minority."

Care to scrutinize the deportation numbers under Pres. Obama?

mikesee

Democrats are actually slave owners to those who are receiving entitlements. Once you lose their vote the dems are done!

bondgirlM

It's Bush's fault!

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2cents

"It's Bush's fault!"

Now we know what Obama drinks :0

bondgirlM

What happened about Benghazi, Syria, IRS scandal, closing GITMO, getting us out of Afghanistan, jobs, the economy, the Government's 17 trillion plus debt, the Affordable Care Act, Sequester, capping our debt, ect. ect. ect. It would be a miracle if this guy followed through on just ONE thing he promised and cleared up one disaster before moving on to another. I guess this distraction is to take the attention off the fact he is spying on our allies (Germany and France) and has ticked them off beyond belief. I would even rather have Clinton back at this point.

bayshore

I agree, add to the above the fiasco that is the health care roll out. Websites not working and reports that there is potential for extensive fraud and stolen personal information because the site is not secure.

Have immigration requirements changed since my ancestors came? If they did not meet the requirement for entry they were sent back at their port of entry. Close the doors and send these people back to the countries they left.

It's interesting to note that with the recent government shutdown and the threats of not paying social security benefits and no money to run departments that there was no announcement that welfare payments would end. How is it that department has an endless supply of money?

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The Hero Zone

[The following is sarcasm...or is it?]

This is a real problem though. Millions of Americans don't have citizenship coverage. If they don't go to citizenship.gov we will give them a tax penalty for irresponsibly not registering as a U.S. citizen in the States' Marketplaces. Their lack of citizenship coverage is costing actual citizens a lot of money. If this bill is passed, we are promised that our taxes will go down an average of $2,500/year because of the increased citizens having coverage.

The no-bid contract is all ready to go and will only cost us a projected $500,000,000 as we have learned and streamlined the process from whatever that other thing was that people didn't like. You know, one of Bush's programs or something when we were losing jobs. Did you know that Republicans are actually evil incarnate and, like Saturday morning cartoon villains, actually want to fill the Grand Canyon with trash? That is after eating live human babies and holding their massive, weekly Klan rallies in every city across the U.S.

With that evidence put before you, how can you possibly be skeptical of this program? If you are, you are an ignorant, hateful, felonious lost cause who is thankfully in a perceived minority.

deertracker

Agreed! This needs to be dealt with!

coasterfan

Not sure what you are talking about, but that's ok, it appears that you don't know what you're talking about either. He followed though with the Affordable Care Act. You may have heard about that one? Oh, and how about the recent government shutdown standoff. He said he wouldn't be blackmailed, and stood his ground until the GOP buckled. Didn't hear about that one either, I guess? He also has spent the last five years trying to clear up the disaster that Bush created, which was certainly the most disastrous presidency of the past 100 years.

Yeah, I know. Inside the conservative bubble, none of the above occurred. (Rolls eyes....)

mikesee

Whats funny, coaster, is that one of the things the gop wanted and was fought about is the delay in implementing obummercare. It now seems that the dumbocraps are saying that this needs to be delayed by several months because of all of the problems with it. Hmmmm maybe the gop wasn't that far off.

grandmasgirl

Some people will never see this president's fault. I agree with a lot of people, don't give a reward to illegals because they broke the law. Just like millions are on the government dole that are capable of working. When is this president going to wake up and realize that "giving America away" is not the answer to getting people to like you.

deertracker

What are you talking about? Were you around when Reagan was in charge? America was given away a loooooooooooooooooong time ago. This man is trying to get it back!

Bottom Line

You're right. His presidency has been flawless. Filled with success after success. We are such a united nation with his expert leadership. Do you get compensated every time you kiss his behind? It's just amazing how you can find no wrong in this man who is undoubtedly the worst president ever (carter can breathe a sigh of relief). Even if my best friend was president I'm sure I wouldn't agree with EVERY single thing he did. You might earn some credibility if you didn't support every horrendous move he's made and thought for yourself. Is it solely because he's a socialist (which is why I hate him) or is it because he's black (which I don't care at all about) you worship him? I think I know the answer but feel free to humor me.

coasterfan

LOL. Of course Obama isn't perfect. He does a lot of things that tick us Democrats off, as well. But he is such a vast improvement over the last guy, it's not even up for discussion.

Contango

Re: "He does a lot of things that tick us Democrats off, as well."

Name some.

Dr. Information

Here it comes. The words of knowledge from coaster. Obama deserved 8 years because the military finally caught Bin Laden. Yep, thats it. Thats about the only thing he can say because everything else has been a FAILURE.

The Big Dog's back

We wanted single payer. We hate it when he tries to negotiate with Neanderthals. (teatards)

mikesee

Round'em up ship'em home raw hide, yeehaw!

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2cents

Just in, 800000 plus stopped looking for work, pass another anti business law DC!

Larry

The only reason he wants this passed is he's afraid he will be deported with the next regime change.

SamAdams

With Obummercare, the feds will control some 1/6 of the national economy. Between the massive percentages of the population already on some kind of government assistance and proposing to offer rewards to criminals for breaking the law (read "path to citizenship," but a rose by any other name...), this administration will finish destroying the country all together.

The only LEGITIMATE immigration reform is to secure the borders once and for all, and to adhere to the requirements for immigration that helped to actually BUILD this country: A skill; and a willingness to use it. Immigrants were once FORBIDDEN welfare. Now they get everything from free school lunches to free healthcare.

Hey, wait! Did I just find ANOTHER way to cut billions from the budget? Why, I do believe I did! Imagine that.

Of course, as always, this isn't about the Constitution or national security. It's about pandering for more Democrat votes. And since the lazy and the greedy can ALWAYS be bought, they'll get 'em. Idiots.

Pterocarya frax...

Yes...thank goodness the republicans never pander hate, fear, and religion for votes.

The Big Dog's back

Never in a million years would the Repubs do that. Oh, wait a minute ......

Darwin's choice

For you "smoochie"...
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.
On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.
Update: The Daily Caller repeatedly contacted CGI Federal for comment. After publication of this article, the company responded that there would be “nothing coming out of CGI for the record or otherwise today.” The company did however insist that The Daily Caller include a reference to vice president Cheryl Campbell’s House testimony

What an incredible coincidence!!! I can't believe no one here has been so lucky.........!

SamAdams

Can't argue with you there. And when they do, they usually find enough ignorant, hateful, or both voters to bump up their numbers a little. It's reprehensible from that perspective also. But here's the problem:

There are far more greedy and lazy people out there who think they can live at the expense of the state than there are people who are SO hateful that they'd vote for (or against) you or an issue based solely on their own intolerance of one stripe or another. Lazy and greedy is easy; hateful requires energy. Sadly, I recognize that some are willing to expend that energy, but not in numbers like the more than 40 million on food stamps or the 12-20 million criminals who illegally entered the country!

P.S. I do NOT suggest that ALL food stamp recipients are lazy or greedy. I just know that there are plenty of people who game the system whether it be SNAP, WIC, Metro, or whatever. You see it every day right here in Erie County, and I'm pretty sure people here aren't any lazier or greedier than people in general nationwide!

coasterfan

The amount of money spent funding the food stamp program is a drop in the ocean compared to our way way way overinflated defense budget. We spend as much on Defense as the next fourteen (14) countries combined.

A long as we are giving handouts/subsidies to millionaires and billion dollar companies who don't need or deserve them, ANY discussion about food stamps is just plain silly. I know, I know, it's the Republican way. We must agree to the stupid idea that it's ok that rich people scam the system, but we must punish ALL poor people simply because a few poor people are lazy.

SamAdams

As far as I'm concerned, we shouldn't be giving handouts to companies at ALL! You can say that some don't "deserve" them, but the reality is that, in a legitimate free market, companies either make it or they don't. They get what they "deserve" based on how well the company is run, how good their product is, and whether or not it's offered at a good value.

Of course, you know that means I opposed the bailouts...right???

ALL entitlements need to be reformed. Food stamps may be a hot topic of the moment (the dramatic increases in recipients over the last five years really is pretty telling), but I'm going to give you this: Corporate handouts are, indeed, another part of the problem, and a BIG part. We just have to convince career politicians to ignore the donations and do what's constitutional, what's right, and what's representative of a true free market. And THAT'S gonna be a tougher sell than anything else you might think of for politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle!

Contango

Re: "overinflated defense budget."

Congress and the Prez likes the "overinflated" jobs it provides.

mikesee

Hey coaster didn't your hero promise to have us out of Afghanistan years ago? Gitmo? The war dollar is on this dude now. Maybe you can call the bat line and ask him why we are still there.

Dr. Information

This is nothing but throwing a can of smoke into a room for distraction. The ACA and its website = failure. So whats the solution here, yeah, thats it, lets rush an immigration bill down the throats of Americans in 2 months.

Dear Lord, its OFFICIAL. Obama is severely ADHD/ADD. He simply cannot focus on the problem(s) at hand, work them out and then move on to the next issue. He has to have 9 irons in the fire so he can jump back and forth when one of the irons go ice cold.

Next on the docket. Jobs, then wanting to increase our debt ceiling followed by immigration reform, then back to "Im going to focus on jobs".

KURTje

McCain & Obama both stated the US would be in Afghanistan . McCain had no timeline for Iraq - Obama did. This was prior to Obama being elected. Sadly the bi-partisan work between Reagan & C. Wilson still exists. (Afghanistan)