President Obama to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform After Fiscal Cliff Fight

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President Barack Obama to push for comprehensive immigration reform after the fiscal cliff matter is dealt with. That’s another key campaign issue he ran on, in stark contrast to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s position that illegal immigrants should engage in “self-deportation.”

Los Angeles Times: “As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants… Obama wants a catch-all bill that would also bolster border security measures, ratchet up penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, and make it easier to bring in foreign workers under special visas.”

“Democratic strategists believe there is only a narrow window at the beginning of the year to get an initiative launched in Congress, before lawmakers begin to turn their attention to the next election cycle and are less likely to take a risky vote on a controversial bill.”

“White House officials have said the president would be ‘all in’ on the issue and would want to push for a broad bill… One of the key strategic moves still being decided is whether or not the White House sends Congress a piece of legislation or lets lawmakers take the lead.”

 President Obama to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform After Fiscal Cliff Fight