Pres. Obama Backs Bi-Partisan Immigration Reform Bill
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Tuesday afternoon President Obama was briefed on the bipartisan immigration reform bill by Senators Schumer and McCain.
The senators drafted the reform bill with their colleagues in the Senate.
In response to the briefing Pres. Obama said, "this bill is clearly a compromise, and no one will get everything they wanted, including me."
According to the president, the bill would strengthen security around the U.S. borders and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.
In addition to strengthening border protection the bill also would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for those approximately 11 million individuals who are already living in the U.S. illegally.
Pres. Obama said the bill "would modernize our legal immigration system so that we're able to reunite families and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help create good paying jobs and grow our economy."
According to the president they are "all commonsense steps that the majority of Americans support."
As a supporter of the reform bill Pres. Obama issued a statement urging the Senate to quickly move this bill forward.
The president said he told Schumer and McCain, "I stand willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible."