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.