President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to begin work on immigration reform this year.
In remarks at a Cinco de Mayo event at the White House, Obama said the controversial immigration law passed in Arizona showed why the federal government needs to take action.Gosh, that doesn't sound like a President looking to dodge the issue. Remember the AP's report last Friday that immigration was dead?
The Arizona law, he said, would turn legal immigrants and citizens into "subjects of suspicion and abuse."
"You can't start singling out people beacuse of who they look like or how they talk or how they dress," he said.
Instead, Obama called on Congress to enact "common sense, comprehensive immigration reform" that would focus on securing the border and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
"I want to begin work this year, and I want Democrats and Republicans to work with me," Obama said.
Immigration reform has become the first of President Barack Obama's major priorities dropped from the agenda of an election-year Congress facing voter disillusionment. Sounding the death knell was Obama himself.Umm, that was what, a whole 5 days ago? Gee, you'd almost think the Village was full of crap or something...