President Obama spoke to Spanish-language networks yesterday and said he did not believe immigration reform would pass before fall.
In June, Obama stated he was confident Congress could get immigration reform done by the end of summer, but now he believes Republican opposition in the House will keep the Senate immigration bill from passing in the next few weeks.
“We may have to go through several more weeks of work before we actually pass the bill. So it probably will — hopefully happen in the fall,” Obama said.
The president seems to consider this to be a mistake.
“If in fact the House recognized the smart thing, the right thing to do was to go ahead and send the Senate bill to the floor for a vote, I think it would pass tomorrow,” Obama said.
The interviews with the Spanish networks took place at the White House. He granted interviews to Spanish-speaking reporters from all over the country.
Immigration reform is a very important issue in the Hispanic community. Hispanics make up a large part of the undocumented immigrant population.
Obama insisted that offering a pathway to citizenship has to be part of the bill.
“It does not make sense to me, if we’re going to make this once-in-a-generation effort to finally fix this system, to leave the status of 11 million people or so unresolved,” Obama said.
President Obama’s re-election in 2012 depended largely on the Hispanic vote. He was able to win 70 percent of Hispanic voters.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants