President plans to push Congress for immigration reform
Ed Henry reports from the White House
- Duration 3:33
- Date Jan 3, 2013
Ed Henry reports from the White House
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Here we go fresh new hour Fox News alert now a new showdown shaping up in Washington after a difficult.
In sometimes politically bloody battle over the fiscal cliff.
The White House now as plans for -- more controversial issue that being immigration.
-- -- sticky points on this -- brand new hour starts right now on America's Newsroom and I'm Bill Hemmer good morning here Martha's.
How you doing another nice to be there and you feels like Friday for some reason.
We can think yeah.
-- lines and absolutely right again I'm Heather Childers -- for Martha MacCallum now the administration.
Has already butted heads with congress on this in June the president infuriated lawmakers actually by issuing an executive order.
Allowing certain young illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
But this time the White House believes congress will be more likely to play ball in light the other difficult battles ahead.
Including of course raising the debt ceiling and resolving delayed spending cuts chief White House correspondent Ed Henry joins us now.
The White House so Ed how quickly do we think the president will move on this.
Well good morning Heather we think quick enough that'll be in the next few weeks because.
He knows full well that -- reelected president can become a lame duck president.
Pretty quickly and so -- as you mention all those battles that are brewing here in Washington they know that they've got to get going quickly so we expect.
In the weeks ahead right after the inaugural they're going to be moving forward on some sort of immigration reform legislation remember.
The reason why the president they see as the head of steam on this is that in the reelection battle.
He had the Latino vote won by an overwhelming margin over Republican Mitt Romney and remember he made this pledge.
Just a week after getting reelected in his first news conference -- So we need to seize the moment and my expectation is that we get a bill.
And we begin the process.
Very soon after my inauguration.
And in fact some conversations I think are already beginning to take place among senators and congressmen and my staff about.
What would this look like.
-- -- remember though we've heard this from this president before back in the 2008 campaign he pledged.
To get immigration reform done not by the end of his first term but by the end of -- first year in office.
That obviously did not happen but the White House privately believe they've got a much different political climate now they think they have a better shot at getting this done him.
And and as you just said -- it we've all heard the phrase day -- -- all over again.
And did they think that is the -- they just mentioned this time around to making -- different.
Well -- the difference when you talk to senior administration officials in private is that they know they're gonna have to have some Republican by and if they're gonna really make this a bipartisan effort -- so there's some key elements to a deal.
That they talk about one would of course be.
Coming up with provisions in here that have stronger border security.
That is key for Republican by and also.
Penalties for companies that purposely hire undocumented workers they're also talking about a pathway for legal status.
But only after people who are here illegally paid back taxes and possible fines.
Also learning English -- key to getting a deal as well you mentioned.
The DREAM Act there had been some bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill to try and move forward on that Republican Marco Rubio and others working on that and they were frustrated that the president few months ago move forward.
There's hopes now that may be they'll go a different route and and work together on this him.
And -- reporting live horse in the White House thank you -- the.