Obama signals gridlock on US immigration reform


President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has added his doubts to deepening gloom over hopes for immigration reform, saying the Republican-led House of Representatives shows no sign of quickly advancing new legislation.

“I don’t think we’re going to see it before the August recess,” Obama told a Denver affiliate of the Telemundo television channel in an interview screened late Tuesday.

“If in fact the House recognized the smart thing, the right thing to do, was to go ahead and send the Senate bill to the floor for a vote, I think it would pass tomorrow,” he said.

The House has balked at approving a bipartisan Senate bill that would beef up border security while providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

Should the bill ever become law, it would be the most far-reaching immigration reform passed in nearly 30 years.

Supporters of the bill had hoped to rally Republicans behind it after the increasingly powerful Hispanic vote swung against them in the 2012 elections.

But many House Republicans, particularly those from conservative districts with few Hispanic constituents, have rejected the Senate bill as “amnesty” for people they view as law-breakers.

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  • kanoy

    Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama took up the mantle of defiance, telling
    reporters he recited an obscure verse from “America The Beautiful” to
    rally his colleagues to oppose any pathway to citizenship for
    undocumented immigrants. (“Confirm thy soul in self control/thy liberty
    in law,” the verse went.)
    Earning a dwindling share of the Latino vote may be a problem for
    Republicans nationally, but a congressman such as Brooks gets reelected
    with support primarily from white Alabama voters. Like him, many
    southern Republicans have little national ambition, and therefore little
    cause to support reform.

  • boybakal

    “I don’t think we’re going to see it before the August recess,” Obama told a Denver affiliate of the Telemundo television

    Bat kaya sa Telemundo o Hispanics sinasabi ni Obama at hindi sa American people.

    • Dugung Kalabaw

      Hoy boybakla, mas importante kung ano ang sinabi kaysa saan sinabi.

      • boybakal

        Importante ba ang sinabi….you TNT.

  • Ncarreonjr

    Obama trying to pay back latinos(also a majority of the undocumented aliens) who largely voted for him during the last elections.

    • kanoy

      big problem with that theory—-immigration reform originated under GWB not Obama—weird since GWB 2nd term made him the only US prez elected by the US SC—5-4 and not the people mostly due to all the voided votes in Florida due to documents

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