Tuesday, November 19, 2019

President Obama to Address Immigration Plans

Obama Speech
Today, President Obama will unveil his plan that will address the issue of immigration, which will include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and improvements in the legal immigration system and border security.

The President will only highlight the immigration proposals in a speech in Las Vegas, but will not yet introduce the new legislation.

President Obama’s plan is said to endorse the efforts by Democratic and Republican senators, who agreed to take action on reaching an agreement with immigration legislation. However, President Obama’s own proposals “will be more progressive than the Senate’s group,” and will include “a faster pathway to citizenship.”

Obama “believes that we are at a moment now where there seems to be support coalescing at a bipartisan level behind the very principles that he has long put forward and behind principles that have in the past enjoyed bipartisan support,” says Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary. “And that is a very positive thing.”

President Obama had previously addressed that he would present an immigration reform package that would allow a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants, along with other changes in the current immigration policy.

The plan from the Senate could echo what President Obama’s plans will be, which includes securing the border, improving the tracking of people in the U.S. on visas, requiring background checks to those without documentation, and the pathway to citizenship for those undocumented.

“It is encouraging to see President Obama, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans commit to passing reforms that will create an orderly immigration process for those wishing to take part in the American Dream,” says U.S. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada. “This bipartisan group of senators has provided a reasonable starting point for Republicans and Democrats to work together.”

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