Inside president's immigration agenda
Politics of reform proposals on the table
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jan 29, 2013
Politics of reform proposals on the table
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We cannot continue as a nation -- eleven million people residing in the shadows.
A new bipartisan plan focused on millions of -- legal immigrants already living in America providing a pathway to citizenship.
Welcome to a brand new hour of happening now I'm Patti -- -- filling in for generally.
I'm John Scott President Obama right now on his way to Las Vegas where he will try to rally support for the plan while setting out some proposals of his own.
The bipartisan plan unveiled yesterday calls for a path to citizenship and immigration overhaul employment verification.
And worker programs.
Talk about a -- Bob Cusack the managing editor of the hill a lot of people might be confused by the fact that the senators come out with.
One plan yesterday the president comes out with a planned today.
What's the political gamesmanship.
I guess that's going on here Bob.
Well you have a lot of senators who wanna have a hand in essence sell -- the -- -- Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy -- not part of this group we have senator Marco Rubio.
Who might run for president in 2016.
There is I mean this is significant development but we've got a long way to go it's got to get through the senate it's got to be a lot of slew of amendments may be a hundred amendments on the senate floor.
And then the house has to happen and they've had a merge these Bill -- and remember in 2007 president George W.
Bush said I'll see if the bill signing and that bill signing on immigration never happened so.
The chances of this I think a pretty good but but there's a long long way to go -- but -- could be -- legislation signed into law I think by the.
By the August recess well the president -- is the president trying to steal some of the Senate's thunder.
And what the president has to be very careful and that's what senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned him not.
Having a partisan speech and we saw a bit of that in the fiscal cliff negotiations right.
Right for the new year and and there was this fragile compromise that Republicans worried was was gonna go through because of that.
That that -- so.
Obama I'm sure is going to be putting out his own proposal.
Effort here but the Republicans are nervous that you know this is a -- -- group.
And Washington any time there's a bipartisan group that stretch out and you can't get too partisan with this issue because it's way too thorny.
Well and and there are those who have accused the president of of trying to you know lock up the Hispanic vote.
You know for time immemorial.
By trotting out this proposal.
On the what do we know if his proposal is going to be that much different from what the senate has has put forward.
Looks like there's going to be some gay rights language in and it's probably not going to be passing congress any time soon that would extend gay rights to.
Couples in immigration reform plan.
They're also -- that that the pathway to citizenship critics call it amnesty.
The president wants it sooner than white certainly the house and to lesser degree the senate want so there's going to be differences of opinion here.
That there are going to be this is something that Obama has promised to do its first four years repeatedly.
Did not get it done.
And and now he's going to be part of this but some lawmakers think that.
The less engaged he is that it might be better off if he's not engaged and let the senate work its well well he doesn't generally like to get involved in the nitty gritty details of legislation -- it.
Now now and we sought out a fiscal cliff they'll with that it Joseph Biden getting involved.
So maybe this is this is the perfect situation where you could have a bill eventually becoming law where Obama does what he wants he give speeches.
And his White House -- works at the details with that members congress.
And -- a deal and this is clearly mean is it at a shift in the Republican Party they know they've got to do better among Hispanics and there hasn't been a lot of criticism from the right.
On this bipartisan deal at least not yet there's been some but not nearly as much as there was six years ago.
Bob Cusack from the hill Bob thank you.