With the debate over government spending on the back burner for the time being, President Barack Obama has made immigration reform his top policy objective. To further that effort he is spending much of early November courting business leaders, legislators and constituents in an attempt to sway public opinion in favor of measures that would revamp the nation’s immigration system, including a path to citizenship.
Nov. 5 meeting
The president began his latest immigration push by meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and CEOs from some of the largest corporations in America on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The hope is that by getting the heads of those companies – which included Motorola, Lockheed Martin, State Farm and McDonalds – to help advocate for immigration reform, they would be able to convince conservative legislators and voters that a solution to the issue would benefit everyone.
The president also emphasized how important immigration reform is to continuing U.S. economic growth, especially considering the nation’s reliance on immigrant labor.
New Orleans visit
The president will continue his campaign on Friday, Nov. 8, with a stop at the Port of New Orleans, which is also a major hub for the Department of Homeland Security. There, according to the Times-Picayune, he will speak about the importance of exports to the country’s economic engine, while also further highlighting the role of immigrants in producing goods that the U.S. can sell overseas. And he will continue to push Republican leaders to join him in passing an immigration reform bill.
“The President is willing to work with people on both sides of the aisle to get this done,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a press conference. “It’s good for business, it’s good for our economy as a whole and it is the right thing to do. We believe it is time for the House to follow the Senate and take action.”
With these latest efforts, the path to fixing the country’s immigration system appears to be getting a little bit smoother.