Could poison pill derail bipartisan immigration effort?
Report: Democrats ask president to stand down
- Duration 6:35
- Date Jan 29, 2013
Report: Democrats ask president to stand down
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Fox News alert on the new push for immigration reform in new warnings about an event later today that could cause trouble for the senate deal.
Just announced yesterday at least the deal among eight senators as of now.
Welcome to America live everyone I'm Megyn Kelly.
Less than 24 hours after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a framework.
For immigration reform something that has been so hard.
To get past in this country president George W.
Bush failed as did so many others before him.
So -- -- hours after they have a bipartisan group come out and say we've got a proposal we can all agree on.
President Obama heads to Vegas.
-- later in this show he -- he will unveil his own proposal.
Now this comes as we -- published reports that democratic members of the congressional Hispanic caucus the congressional Hispanic caucus urged the president not to do that's.
Fearing that his legislation which is said to be much more to the left than what we saw come out of the senate group yesterday.
Could harm the delicate bipartisan talks that are now under way.
They involve a proposal that includes a tough but fair path that's has been ascribed to citizenship.
And workplace verification.
And while the Obama administration acknowledged the progress that is being made in the senate.
The White House says credit should go to the president.
I think it's important before.
We let the moment pass through acknowledged it.
The progress we're seeing embodied in the principles put forward by this bipartisan group.
Is happening for a reason and I think.
It's happening because a consensus is developing in the country a bipartisan consensus and it's happening because the president.
Has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue.
Chris -- -- as our Fox News digital politics editor and host a power play on foxnews.com.
So there you have the White House if you just sat back and let the senate roll with this could actually get what President Obama has said he wanted.
Which is a deal on immigration reform but instead the message we got into the White House yesterday -- you heard there.
I think it's important the White House believes it is important before we let this moment pass to acknowledge that this is happening because of the president.
And his significant leadership on this the days wanted to take a moment to pause and tell us how important it was that President Obama gets the credit that is what Jay Carney said.
How does that help what we -- seeing unfold right now.
Which is likely to be -- was deal with Republicans on capitol -- how does this help or not.
-- it does not help -- far from -- and the speech today we expect would not help either.
That is why we saw that report.
Congressional Hispanic caucus -- don't push the Republicans too hard on this if they're coming to the table.
Let them come in and let them be there because the president to his own thinking we talked about this just yesterday to the president's own way of thinking about what motivates Republicans.
Which he says it's fear of certain cable news network.
And fear of conservative pundits and that they only oppose him because they're afraid they agree with them but they're afraid to do business with them.
For him to come out and take credit for this accord and then further what he's gonna do today.
It's come out and talk about more things that he wants those are not the things that you do if you're trying to entice.
Your opponents into a deeper negotiations off it.
Under his own belief.
If if Rush Limbaugh doesn't like -- -- pundits on Fox News Channel don't like get it hurts the bill's chances.
So why wouldn't he just be quiet because he believes that they don't like -- And so he thinks if it's got my fingerprints on it they oppose me automatically it's -- now with these Republicans.
So wanted to stay out of it these these these senators.
Democrats -- Republican came together or -- with a proposal a real proposal that seems to mean Chuck Schumer said he's optimistic he's genuinely optimistic this can can get her.
Why not just because it let it -- don't -- -- -- to make is that every time the -- yeah.
Let's see how it is.
Well look it's -- to it's got to be one of two things basically.
And the truth is either it's that the president does not want this to pass without it being stamped as his signature achievement that this is a battle legacy.
For the president and certainly we've seen politicians do that before now of course in this case -- if he wants the legacy may actually endanger the legacy.
The other scenario is that he wants to do what Democrats have advised him to do and we've heard hints.
From inside his administration -- inside his inner circle that the idea is to divide and break the Republicans break the fever.
As they say by offering something that makes them squirm and divides Republicans moderate against conservative and makes them look bad.
And gives Democrats an opportunity run on immigration with Hispanic voters again.
And I would only submit humbly counselor -- that the fact that the president today is going to include a gay marriage kind of provision.
In his proposed plan is a strong indication that it's the latter and -- the -- So you are depositing.
That the president.
Believes I guess to some extent a deal will get done.
Would rather would risk.
Messing up the deal just to make the Republicans look like terrible people by throwing in a so called poison pill incidents of that bill.
That's already going to be tough to pass but but may have the support to do it but it's already going to be tough.
But you're saying he's he's an acquired a poison pill that's gonna make it possible for them to vote for so he can just say they're bad people.
Right that's the most cynical reading in -- times and Washington you have to you have to do.
You're subjects the credit of giving the most cynical reading possible of a cynical reading possible is that the president wouldn't want it to pass.
In the sense that he wants it as a cudgel against Republicans and he wants to divide Republicans with that including gay marriage in this where the issue of gay marriage would be imagined just if you would Marco Rubio coming out.
Yesterday and say yes we have this bipartisan accord but by the way.
About Planned Parenthood or about abortion let's include abortion in this discussion.
The -- throughout their hands and say we will never do a deal if you're bringing abortion and that's for the president to bring gay marriage -- -- this is strong indication that he's willing to take some risks with the eventual passage of the legislation.
-- we will see what he says when he.
Unveils his own proposal.
Live from Vegas -- -- -- heard -- even in these Democrats in the Hispanic caucus are saying please don't do this.
And yet he seems determined so he will do that at some point in the next two hours and we'll see if Chris thanks.