In a big push to immigration reforms just a day after a major bipartisan group passed the legislation, Presidenturged lawmakers to pass the reforms as early as possible.
Delivering a forceful speech Tuesday, Obama called on the Congress to overhaul the country’s immigration reforms. "We're finally at a moment when comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp,” Obama said as he praised the effort of the group of eight senators who presented an outline of the reform plan yesterday. "For the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together."
Obama said it's time that the broken reforms finally get fixed because the debate has been going on for a long a time now. The president said that he is looking forward to get a clear path to citizenship for the illegal immigrants. However, legalization process dependent upon certifying a secure border is not what he seeks, as suggested by the bipartisan group.
"It won't be a quick process, but it will be a fair process, and it will lift these individuals out of the shadows and give them a chance to earn their way to a Green Card and, eventually, to citizenship," Obama said.
Obama even warned the Congress that if they fail to move forward quickly, he will be forced to send a bill based on his own proposal and the Congress will have no other option than to vote on it right away.
"The reason I came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling, where a broad consensus is emerging and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across America," Obama said. "I'm here today because the time has come for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. Now's the time. Now's the time.”
Despite Obama’s efforts to push the bipartisan initiative further ahead, some conservatives believe the main obstacle to the reforms is Obama himself because any involvement by the president could draw both parties further apart at a time when they are trying to find common grounds on the issue.
Keeping this apprehension in mind, conservatives believe that any immigration reform may be better off if the president would allow the group of eight senators to build congressional support on their own and let the legislation pass without his intervention.