Despite the government shutdown and impending financial crisis if the debt ceiling is not raised, President Obama took a moment today to speak about immigration reform.
In a statement to Univision Los Angeles, he said: “Once that’s done, you know, the day after — I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform. And if I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I’m going to do so because I think it’s really important for the country. And now is the time to do it.”
He stated that the other thing stopping the Senate bill from being passed in the House is Speaker Boehner’s refusal to call a vote on the bill on the floor.
Republicans have continued to echo the sentiment that they desire a piece-by-piece approach to the bill rather than the all-encompassing Senate bill. Democrats believe that they will use this method to strength border security and employment verification alone while ignoring implementing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants