White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the president will keep pushing Congress to reach a consensus on immigration reforms and believes that it’s an issue over which both parties can sort out their differences.
"There is a real opportunity here to move forward and the president is committed to that," Carney told reporters at his daily briefing.
"He believes that comprehensive immigration reform is achievable ... because there has been in the past bipartisan support for immigration reform," Carney said. "And he thinks it's important not just for specific communities that would be affected by it, but for the American economy."
Immigration reforms may be retaking center stage in national media, but they have always made headlines in Latino newspapers. A day after Obama’s re-election a Los Angeles bases Spanish language newspaper argued that the president of United States owed his victory to the Latinos.
"Obama owes Latinos a debt," the editorial argues. "We hope that the White House proposes an immigration bill and that GOP lawmakers take the opportunity to earn brownie points with the Latino community with a reasonable, positive law." Although some critics argue that Obama has neglected the Latin America during his first term, it’s true that an overwhelmingly large Latino majority showed up at the polls this election season, with 71-29 of them voting for Obama.
Editors of several Latino newspapers said that it’s about time GOP began cooperating on immigration reforms to gain back their support from Hispanic voters. "The question," they write, "is whether the GOP understands that it needs to adapt how its message is communicated, and in part also the content, to recover the ground lost among Hispanics. Passing comprehensive immigration reform in Congress would be a good step in that direction.”
While Carney was careful in his choice of words, he too agreed with the general proposition that there is both ‘substantive and political incentive’ in trying to achieve the immigration reforms when it comes to the Republican leaders.
White House Spokesman expects the issue to come up Tuesday when Obama meets Mexico’s President-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto. The two leaders are expected to take the discussion beyond drug wars and security concerns and highlight some economic issues that are shared by the neighboring nations. Topics such as education partnerships and global issues could also be on the table.