Obama: “Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform”

posted at 5:21 pm on January 29, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Speaking about the opportune moment for “common sense, comprehensive immigration reform” in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, President Obama urged Congress to “move forward in a timely fashion” on their bipartisan effort at legislation; otherwise, he’ll be “sending up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.” Hear that, Congress? Move it or lose it, ’cause this guy is cracking the whip:

Transcript here:

Now, the good news is that for the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together.  (Applause.)  Members of both parties, in both chambers, are actively working on a solution.  Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principles for comprehensive immigration reform, which are very much in line with the principles I’ve proposed and campaigned on for the last few years. …

But this time, action must follow.  (Applause.)  We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate.  We’ve been debating this a very long time.  So it’s not as if we don’t know technically what needs to get done.  As a consequence, to help move this process along, today I’m laying out my ideas for immigration reform.  …

Now, of course, there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give and take in the process.  But it’s important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place.  And if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.  (Applause.)

So the principles are pretty straightforward.  There are a lot of details behind it.  We’re going to hand out a bunch of paper so that everybody will know exactly what we’re talking about.  But the principles are pretty straightforward.

And here’s the “bunch of paper” to which the president was referring outlining his proposals, courtesy of the White House:

Together we can build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

The key principles the President believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform are:

  • Continuing to Strengthen Border Security
  • Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers
  • Earned Citizenship
  • Streamlining Legal Immigration

Notably, however, the White House is emphasizing that the president is not okay with linking the path to citizenship with border enforcement, and Sen. Rubio, who has been making the rounds defending his plan to conservatives, is not impressed:

Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, Rubio insisted that illegal immigrants not be allowed to obtain green cards — let alone citizenship — “until the enforcement stuff is in place.”

“I think that would be a terrible mistake,” Rubio told Fox News. “We have a bipartisan group of senators that have agreed to that. For the president to try to move the goalposts on that specific requirement, as an example, does not bode well in terms of what his role’s going to be in this or the outcome.”

He said: “If that’s not in the bill, I won’t support it.”


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CycloneCDB on January 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

So was every day for the last hundred years, but yet you and the other buffoons will screw it up.

Flange on January 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Love the use of “common sense” and terms like “reasonable” and “balanced”, which frame his position.
They instantly make opposition to them wrong.

redshirt on January 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I cannot stand hearing this punk speak one syllable.

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Campaigner in chief

cmsinaz on January 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Attention Mexico! There is a blue light special across the border! Vamanos!

RovesChins on January 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Remember when Oblahblah ran on his record and laid out his plan for a second term…?

… That was so cool!

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Obamaphone!

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

My God. Our nation is going to be overrun with Canadians.

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I know it is asking too much to hear him say “Now is the time for me to resign”

gatorboy on January 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Redshirt spot on…the lsm will latch on to that message

cmsinaz on January 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

“Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform”

I believe this is what we call an oxymoron…especially the moron part.

xblade on January 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Now is always the time for something with this guy.

Even skeet shooting.

LetsBfrank on January 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

He forgot the ‘fierce urgency’ crap.

LetsBfrank on January 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

The never-ending campaign blares on.

Please, just STFU for a single day.

Joe Mama on January 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Slightly OT. I had the day off today! Anyway I was just piddling around mostly. Googled Obama shooting skeet. Not one photo to be found. Hmmm.. Could have swore he said he enjoyed it. So I spent a little more time using some other search techniques. Nothing. Hmmm… Did finally find the one The New Republic folks were kind enough to put up. So I searched a bit more, wanting to be sure before coming here and asking you all about it. What gives. I can’t find a single photo of 0 shooting skeet? What am I doing wrong?

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I’m going to need at least 2 or 3 more meaningless poll-tested bits of BS jargon before I’ll sign on to the Obama Campaign’s framework of an outline for a commons sense blue ribbon comprehensive immigration reform universal blueprint.

forest on January 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Attention Mexico! There is a blue light special across the border! Vamanos!

RovesChins

Now look what you’ve done:
Arrest numbers signal 9 percent jump in illegal immigration

xblade on January 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Why are we even worried about illegal aliens? We have beaucoup problems that actually effect Americans; why in heck are we discussing what’s best for a bunch of law breakers?

MustLoveBlogs on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Rubio and his all white anti immigrant senate colleagues need to stop immigration reform in its tracks.

Dems still have the house to take over from the crazy tea party pols.

HotAirLib on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Did they at least remove the La Raza watermark from the documents?

can_con on January 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM

So how is that budget coming alone over in the Senate ?

J_Crater on January 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Attention Mexico! There is a blue light special across the border! Vamanos!

RovesChins

Now look what you’ve done:
Arrest numbers signal 9 percent jump in illegal immigration

xblade on January 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM

There’s a blue light special on pitch forks as well!!! And AR-15′s.

RovesChins on January 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Dems still have the house to take over from the crazy tea party pols.

HotAirLib on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

haha

good luck with that

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Immediate reaction off the top of my head:

Who is known for using the phrase “common sense”? I mean besides Thomas Paine. Who has constantly used the phrase the last few years?

“She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”

This cracked me up. Sarah Palin still lives rent-free in his head.

INC on January 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

HotAirLib on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

HAL, you’re pretty close to the President. Whats up with the lack of skeet shooting photos?

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don’t get it. This is now the moment that Republicans should all be backing away. Obama is against protecting/sealing the border prior to amnesty. Given Obama’s history, we know that he will not protect/seal the border no matter what the legislation says has to be done first.

weaselyone on January 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

“until the enforcement stuff is in place.”

If the enforcement stuff doesn’t include penalties for not enforcing the stuff, then one might just as well stuff the enforcement stuff.

Dusty on January 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I don’t GAS what he said or what the GOP does, I’m tired of all of it.

Mr. Arrogant on January 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

TNR posted a skeeter photo on Twitter Bmore

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

HotAirLib on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

HAL, you’re pretty close to the President. Whats up with the lack of skeet shooting photos?

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Yeah, HAL, does Obama where panty hose while he is killing skeet?

RovesChins on January 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Really? How on earth did I miss that. Say, slade73, you don’t happen to have a link handy, do ya?

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Protip: If president puppy-muncher is banging the drum for amnesty, it’s not a conservative position.

Rebar on January 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

HAL?

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Could have sworn HAL was just here.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Why are we even worried about illegal aliens? We have beaucoup problems that actually effect Americans; why in heck are we discussing what’s best for a bunch of law breakers?
MustLoveBlogs on January 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Exactly! Why is this even a priority?? We have chronic high unemployment, $16 T debt, another credit downgrade and the truth to find about F&F & Benghazi, but NOOO all that must be backburnered to suddenly deal with illegal immigrants!! Who cares? Are they even gonna read the effin thing before they vote on it in the middle of the night?? Motherf***ers!! I’m so sick of our political class!!

JAM on January 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Both the House and the Senate can debate immigration reform, AFTER a budget is passed and signed into law. Not before.

Buck_Nekkid on January 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

haha. I can’t tell if you’re serious…

http://minx.cc/?post=337006

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

No, I’m serious. I saw that fake. I just don’t want to accuse the President of being a liar, without of course exhausting all avenues of inquiry.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Politicians LIED and screwed us in 1986 on ‘immigration reform’.

WHY would anyone be stupid enough to let them (read OBAMA) do it a 2nd time?

Secure the borders. Secure LEGAL employment. THEN and ONLY THEN, we will talk.

Sounds “reasonable” to me!

GarandFan on January 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM

By the way, that was one of the huge problems with Romney’s campaign. Romney didn’t make a big issue out of immigration. Hence, the missing white vote. He didn’t get the Hispanic vote anyway. So it was a lose lose all around. Also on gay marriage I’m afraid Romney blew it big time. Romney didn’t get the libs that are for gay marriage, and wouldn’t of lost the Log Cabin Repubs if he took a forceful stand, but he just pissed off all those who believe in traditional marriage. Hence, because of Romney’s mushiness on this and immigration, 6 million white voters just stayed home. So, Romney lost. Stupid.

Now is not the time for appeasement. Stand our ground. Tell RINO McCain that. And as I said on another thread: amnesty will not make the problem go away. Hispanic pressure will only increase, until finally they, in cahoots with the white liberal allies, will have enough clout to demand de facto open borders. That will be the sad outcome of our democracy. Then it’s fullout redistribution of assets from the haves to the have-not immigrants. Don’t just go out with a whimper. Try at least to fight it.

anotherJoe on January 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Real Common Sense:

But where says some is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain. Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve as monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown at the conclusion of the ceremony be demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is.

INC on January 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

How about some common sense, comprehensive border security reform, you Indonesian Imbecile?

VorDaj on January 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Sen. Rubio, who has been making the rounds defending his plan to conservatives, is not impressed:

Of course he isn’t. Rubio doesn’t want Obama stealing his amnesty plan.

sharrukin on January 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Ace has been posting funny photoshops ever since then, it’s pretty hilarious

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

He flew 9 hours to make a 30 minute speech in a HIGH SCHOOL??!!!! Aren’t there high schools within a short drive of the White House? This guy abuses the perks of his office.

karenhasfreedom on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Hmmm….guess I’ll keep searching. Sorry for the modest interruption to the thread Erika. In hind sight I guess it was the long way to go to prove a point about trusting 0 with anything.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I don’t get by his joint as much as I used to. Think I’ll give him a tumble. Thanks Slade73. ; )

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I guess I missed the explanation of why in the frack he’s in Las Vegas in the first place. Mother£>#%^*!

tru2tx on January 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Could have sworn HAL was just here.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Sorry. I mentioned Dear Leader wearing pantyhose while killing skeet. He’s in his bunk. With Redford and Marcus.

RovesChins on January 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

It’s becoming difficult to distinguish between Rubio and obama.

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

What about eliminating birthright citizenship?
What about eliminating affirmaive action?
What about eliminatng that magic “family reunification” goal that is always at the forefront?

Looks like we’ll have to melt the phones again.

DanMan on January 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Its becoming difficult to distinguish between skeet shooting and not skeet shooting too. ; )

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I wonder what HotAirLib thinks of his lord and saviour possibly committing war crimes…

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Looks like we’ll have to melt the phones again.

DanMan on January 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

It’s the only way. I’ve been either on the phone or emailing or visiting offices for 2 days straight now. This is what we did in 2006/2007 for months. It’s exhausting and it’s frustrating and back then, it was also a supposed done deal. Until the fax machines started running out of paper and the phone lines started melting.

Here’s a rallying cry for you:

A Time To Fight

TxAnn56 on January 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Not once did he ever mention that if they become citizens, that the tax revenue these so called entrepreneurs have not paid over the years would continue to be missed. Yea, they all want to pay taxes, right?

skeeterbite on January 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Hard to say, I can’t even get him to weigh in on shit skeet.

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

“Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform”

Dog Whistle Translation to Conservatives.

Now——URGENT, MUST DO NOW, before media and my drones lose interest.

Common sense—-what Liberal/Progressive/Marxists/Democrats think needs to be done.

Comprehensive—Freebies in multiple categories for the slaves of businesses that contribute to my campaign.

Immigration—ILLEGALS, people breaking our laws (well actually destroying American sovereignty).

Reform—Laws I won’t support or enforce, and a term we lying jesse dog politicians use to make it sound like we’re FIXING SOMETHING but we’re actually laying the groundwork for another BIG GOVERNMENT SOLUTION to this problem we’re making worse.

Did I miss anything?

Oh yeah……he’s the DOTUS.

PappyD61 on January 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The TOTUS speaks. Hear him and shiver. lol And B, thought you were gonna be lazy today. :-)

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

TNR posted a skeeter photo on Twitter Bmore

Slade73 on January 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

What I haven’t seen mentioned in any of the coverage is how lame the URL is that lead to the photo, and how simple it would have been for the dummies to have recognized the prank. Let me pontificate a bit (not aimed at you in particular slade73)

@tnr: PHOTO: Obama shooting skeet at Camp David. http://whitehouse.gov1.info/camp-david/index.html

Learning a little bit about this can prevent all sorts of Bad Things from happening, whether on the web or in email links. It’s not all that complex, and takes only a moment.

Briefly, the address format is servername.domain/path. Always look for the first single slash (note: “slash”, not backslash) reading from left to right. The text immediately to the left of that slash is the domain, printed as domainname followed by dot followed by top-level-domain (e.g. “com” or “gov” etc), and it can’t easily be faked. Everything further to the left of the domain refers to server names and is of no direct interest to us. It’s of interest only because it can be used to fake a readily-recognizable domain name, for the purpose of fooling the casual reader.

In this case, http://whitehouse.gov1.info/camp-david/index.html, the first single slash comes right after “info”, so following our parsing rules, the domain name is “gov1.info”. It is NOT “whitehouse.gov” even though your eye wants you to think it is. The “whitehouse” part of it is just the name of that particular server on the gov1.info domain.

If you look closely at the actual links in many phishing emails, they often use this sort of obfuscation to make the link appear genuine (regardless of what the displayed text of the link says).

bofh on January 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

As I say over and over, whenever a politician from Washington, D.C. uses the word “comprehensive”, you can almost always substitute “90% bulls**t and pork” for clearer understanding.

It’s the #1 tactic — blow a real problem up to 10x its natural size, and propose a “comprehensive” solution…that has 10% of even trying to address the real problem and is larded on with 90% feel-good bunkum and political payoffs.

We’ll find neither fiscal sanity nor respect for the Feds by repeating the same gimmick.

cthulhu on January 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

@whitneypitcher : The media won’t report it, but Pres. Obama’s immigration speech today cost taxpayers $519.82 per word.

NoNails on January 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

bofh on January 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Thank you for that comment bofh. I find this stuff very interesting, yet have not pulled the trigger on learning more about it. I have learned a bit or two about metadata attached to visuals and such. Fascinating how much info can be gleaned from it, and with relative ease. I always appreciate these types of tips and info. ; )

Bmore on January 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Common Sense: Two words that should never be used anywhere near Barack Obama nor be used to describe anything he proposes.

Resist We Much on January 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Obama is such a frigg’n Tool

roflmao

donabernathy on January 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Mark Levin is anti-illegal alien tonight. Must have read some HA comments today.

bw222 on January 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Obama: “Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform”

I’ll say. We’ve got enough illegal Kenyans.

Cleombrotus on January 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

donabernathy on January 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Unfortunately, it’s not really a laughing matter.

Cleombrotus on January 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Obama’s speech this afternoon was a rope-a-dope. It was last minute reposturing brought on by members of his own party asking him to stay out of it, or asking him at least not to torpedo the bipartisan effort. He realized that he’d look bad if he torpedoed it now, so he put it off a week or two. The only thing that has changed is the timing.

He won’t torpedo it today. He’ll torpedo it tomorrow. He wants to inflame this issue for election 2016. Bank on it.

petefrt on January 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Laser like focus, on whatever, until tomorrows new laser like focus.

Jobs? 1% gdp? Debt? Not so much.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Wasn’t his “laser-like focus” supposed to be on JOBS or something? /sarc

Murf76 on January 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

“I think that would be a terrible mistake,” Rubio told Fox News. “We have a bipartisan group of senators that have agreed to that. For the president to try to move the goalposts on that specific requirement, as an example, does not bode well in terms of what his role’s going to be in this or the outcome.”

Lucy and the Football. When will the GOP finally LEARN that???

Obama has been pulling this crap for the last four years… the fiscal cliff, Boehner’s Grand Bargain… you name it. He does it again and again. And he does it because he couldn’t give a rat’s hind leg less about whatever the legislation is. All he cares about is destroying Republicans.

Murf76 on January 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Obama: “Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reformme to shut my stupid, know-nothing pie-hole.”

Physics Geek on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Yep, it is time for comprehesive immigration reform. Lets send your uncle, aunt, and you back on the same plane to Kenya. You can work out your psychosis with your “father”.

Oh, and you can take Shaka Toots with you (if you really want to).

philoise65 on January 30, 2013 at 9:53 AM