Today, President Obama will deliver remarks on the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform at the American Univeristy School of International Service. The speech will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov at 10:45AM EDT (www.whitehouse.gov/live). If you miss it, at 1:00 PM EST you can still join Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s closest advisors on this issue, who will be taking questions from Americans all over the country in a unique online roundtable. Or join Administration officials for a conference call at 4pm EST to discuss the President’s speech.
Obama: “The proposal outlined today in the Senate is a very important step in the process of fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. I am especially pleased to see that this detailed outline is consistent with the bipartisan framework presented by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham last month, and is grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability.”
This week the progressive blogosphere (see: Kos on the politics, including Reid’s statement that he had 56 votes, (and the Senate picture), Atrios for the skeptics, and Digby with the arithmetic) began commenting on the resurgence of immigration reform, after Majority Leader Reid’s statements at a rally in Las Vegas on Saturday: “We are going…
In case you missed the major rallies for immigration reform over the weekend, check out the New York Times From Senate Majority Leader, a Promise to Take Up Immigration Overhaul: “The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, told an exuberant crowd at an immigration rally Saturday in Las Vegas that Congress would start work on an immigration overhaul as soon as lawmakers return this week from a recess.”
Over the weekend, news broke that the President intends to meet with Senators Schumer and Graham this evening at the White House: “WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to focus attention on immigration next week by meeting at the White House with two senators crafting a bill on the issue. White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro said Obama will meet with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday.”
Representative Mike Honda and Sonia Manzano, who most people know as Maria on Sesame Street, wrote an article, which was published today in the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, voicing their support for comprehensive immigration reform. They write:
The tide seems to be turning in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, despite populist trends that might suggest otherwise.
Yesterday Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, stood up for a comprehensive fix to our badly damaged immigration system. Graham has been crafting bipartisan legislation with Senator Schumer for some time now, and details of the bill are expected soon.
According to the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, immigration is a topic likely to be mentioned during tomorrow’s State of the Union address, the first of Obama’s presidency. Via USA Today: “White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed a few more subjects that may surface in the State of the Union tomorrow night, including immigration and gays in the military — but he provided few details and noted that the address is still being edited.”
Update: Check out video from the event here. Today, the Center for American Progress, in collaboration with Netroots Nation and America’s Voice, will host a roundtable discussion about the policy and politics of immigration reform entitled, “Next Up, Comprehensive Immigration Reform: How We Will Make It Happen.” Panelists include Nico Pitney, National Editor of Huffington…
Rallies by Nebraskans to urge changes in national immigration laws are not new.
But there were some new voices speaking out today at a press conference calling upon Congress to update laws and create a path to citizenship for many of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country today.