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President Obama Comments on Schumer-Graham Meeting

By March 18, 2010

President Obama

President Obama delivers high praise for the immigration reform framework presented to him by Senators Schumer and Graham in last week's meeting. In today's release from the Office of the Press Secretary, the President encourages Congress to move forward as soon as possible and commits to securing bipartisan support to help move immigration reform legislation forward (because as we've seen, he's been so successful doing that with health care):

In June, I met with members of both parties, and assigned Secretary Napolitano to work with them and key constituencies around the country to craft a comprehensive approach that will finally fix our broken immigration system. I am pleased to see that Senators Schumer and Graham have produced a promising, bipartisan framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward.  It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the system.

My Administration will be consulting further with the Senators on the details of their proposal, but a critical next step will be to translate their framework into a legislative proposal, and for Congress to act at the earliest possible opportunity.

I congratulate Senators Schumer and Graham for their leadership, and pledge to do everything in my power to forge a bipartisan consensus this year on this important issue so we can continue to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform.

What was in that 3-page Schumer-Graham immigration reform proposal? We likely won't see a copy of it, but Senators Schumer and Graham offer some insight in this op-ed piece from The Washington Post.

Comments

March 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(1) ben says:

How many times in a lifetime will we be faced with providing illleagals with something more and more of us are not achieving? Every so many years we determine how many millions of these peole have swam, crawled, and whatever to get here and we give them citizenship. A diluted citizenship. NAME ONE COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO SNEAK IN, EARN A LIVING, HAVE A FAMILY AND NOT THROW ME IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. Name one….so I can develop a plan for myself.

March 20, 2010 at 12:08 am
(2) danrace says:

Most of the world’s Countries,China included, but United States.And they don’ t need to fix anybody “status” because in most of the world’s Countries immigration legislation is not a Joke as it is in USA and it works properly in reasonable times, with working applications and defined dead lines.
And by the way Mr Ben no one of the “amnesty” planned in this Country has minimally worked properly adjusting the status of who had the right to be fixed. It is NOT acceptable that Companies and Industries need to wait years to hire skilled people from other Countries and be able to globalize their business,is NOT acceptable that if an “alien” is hired by an american Company and the same Company doesn’t make the proper action to fix the status of the person hired ,this person has NO WAY to fix his status even if isn’t his fault ,becoming from that moment a “criminal illegal” without commit any crime at all. And for all you barker that cheer for deportation of undocumented people supporting the 287g I want to know who of you will have the gutts IN PERSON to separate children by their parents,husbands by their wives as the Nazi did in the Ghettos during WWII.
You all result of generations of immigrants, shame of you,just in respect of your ancestor,that when they came in this Country have had no scruples at all to kill and steal the territory from people that was already born and peacefully living in their land. Was that the right way to get a VISA?

March 20, 2010 at 9:03 am
(3) Maritsa says:

You are right Danrace,
Ben acted like he is owned this country which is Not Right!
We all have rights! legals or Illegals whats the difference? we are humans that’s all!
If Immigrants didn’t come this country… who and how this country grew up?
Mr. ben has to read about history then he can be able to speak about Immigration.

March 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(4) Le Muse says:

I agree with the last two comments. It is ironic that American citizens don’t know their own history. Everyone except for Indian Americans are immigrants, and am pretty sure that even they all came from somewhere too…
Anyways, it is a shame that the United States has so many people without visas, to me it just sounds like slavery. The reason to this conclusion is easy, okay lets pretend we did not see them cross the borders and lets give them low pay jobs where they have to work really hard for long hours to make a living… we don’t need to take care of their health insurance, and when this people get old we do not need to give them a check every month for their lifetime work because legally they don’t qualify… they can go to school (of course) if they pay a higher tuition (international students) and we don’t need to help them with their academical goals why? ’cause they are not legally fixed… Illegal Immigrants have to pay Taxes and will consume from our companies. They can be our invisible slaves… Many US citizens would never agree with an Immigration Reform why??? because it is just okay with them to have all the privileges (and it is ok because their birth certificate says US citizens) and do not allow others to have the same opportunity.
It is just too sad to see that U.S. citizens are just to hard hearted, they don’t care if a little kid is separated from his/her parents because they where caught by ICE at work. U.S. citizens will never feel what is for someone to grow up in this country and finish college and not beign able to work on what they work so hard for years!
I need time to reathink… I love the U.S. but as the American Land it has become full of selfish people who will only see for themselves. If something is not done quickly about this issue our beloved America will have serious issues competing world wide.

March 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(5) danrace says:

Le Muse,
many here are blind and deaf when we talk about history….and not only.Slavery?Is a compliment compared with what’s the truth. Smugglers and recruiters are NOT mexican and only who take the hard decision to leave their Patria and look for a better life know the truth: traffic!
Easy to call “illegals” people easy to identify because their status and their evident conditions. Try to do the same with the millions of american citizens that, directly and indirectly, act and take advantage to “well maintein” the underground network that “miracolously” for USA keeps the smuggling “device” oiled and perfectly working supplying the low cost hands USA needs. THOSE are the illegals, THOSE are the criminals, and coward too because it’s easy take advantage of people that can’t even defend themself!!!
But that time, hopefully, it’s finished. Who have been so good to study,plan and make the immigration system broken in purpose be advised that have done a huge mistake. Unfortunately for them, the blind the deaf and the smart, the 12 million (only?) of poor mexican have at their side (because they have a little bit exagerated to make the things hard) now another good 30 millions of engineers,doctors,researcher,businessmen,investors,teachers,professors,scientists,high skilled people (really high compared to the american standard) , multinational corporates,globalized business, THAT AFTER MOUNTAIN OF MONEY SPENT IN ATTORNEY AND YEARS OF DESPERATION ARE ANGRY, MAD AND FRUSTRATED TO PLAY GAMES WITH PROVISIONAL DOCUMENTS DONE IN THAT RIGHT WAY THAT AMERICANS LOVE SO MUCH NAMED “THE RIGHT THINGS TO DO”……..AND THAT WILL NEVER WORK!
Families separated for years, relatives blocked and investigates for ours in Customs, documents expiring with no clue to have what you need when is needed, denial of the driving privilege because ‘something didn’t work” and you wake up one morning going to open your business driving with the international driver license (the few that can have it) with the hope that all your lights work properly and being EXTREMELY careful to don’t commit any infraction because if who stop you is an Arpaio style officer he apply the nice 287g, cuffs you and make you WALK in chain to the nearest detention center where you are not even allowed to call your expensive immigration attorney to be saved , IF you can be!
This,my friends,is the time to scream: U N A C C E P TA B L E!

March 24, 2010 at 4:57 am
(6) Le Muse says:

please visit
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It is a new project, please help it grow and tell others about it if we don’t help each other who will?

March 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(7) danrace says:

Le Muse,
the link goes no where. Please verify and re-post.Thanks

March 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(8) LeMuse says:

I am sorry
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May 25, 2010 at 2:38 am
(9) Enrique Lara says:

The main thing about the article is that Schumer, Graham and President Obama are actually not doing any favor to the people (citizens or undocumented alike) through this unreleased reform proposal. If you disbelief what I’m saying go visit Schumer’s website and there you’ll find this advanced fascistic guidelines.
Senator Schumer Says Legislation Could Be Taken Up As Soon As Later This Year, But Only If Crackdown On Illegal Immigration Is Given First Priority

Biometric-Based Employer Verification System Also Proposed As Key Element; Plan Needed To Manage Future Flow Of Legal Immigrants That Can Be Absorbed By Economy

1. Illegal immigration is wrong, and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.

2. Operational control of our borders–through significant additional increases in infrastructure, technology, and border personnel–must be achieved within a year of enactment of legislation.

3. A biometric-based employer verification system—with tough enforcement and auditing—is necessary to significantly diminish the job magnet that attracts illegal aliens to the United States and to provide certainty and simplicity for employers.

4. All illegal aliens present in the United States on the date of enactment of our bill must quickly register their presence with the United States Government—and submit to a rigorous process of converting to legal status and earning a path to citizenship—or face imminent deportation.

5. Family reunification is a cornerstone value of our immigration system. By dramatically reducing illegal immigration, we can create more room for both family immigration and employment-based immigration.

6. We must encourage the world’s best and brightest individuals to come to the United States and create the new technologies and businesses that will employ countless American workers, but must discourage businesses from using our immigration laws as a means to obtain temporary and less-expensive foreign labor to replace capable American workers; and finally

7. We must create a system that converts the current flow of unskilled illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable and controlled flow of legal immigrants who can be absorbed by our economy.

boston.com March 20 2010

Schumer and Graham would require those already in the United States illegally, an estimated 11 million, to admit they had broken the law, pay fines and back taxes, and perform community service projects. They also would be required to pass a background check and learn English.

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