Obama backs senators' immigration overhaul outline - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, facing criticism from advocates of immigration reform, pledged Thursday "to do everything in my power" to get immigration legislation moving in Congress this year.
Obama said work on an immigration bill should move forward based on an outline released Thursday by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"A critical next step will be to translate their framework into a legislative proposal, and for Congress to act at the earliest possible opportunity," Obama said.Obama met Thursday at the White House with Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, the sponsors of a House immigration bill. Gutierrez said later he agreed to vote for Obama's signature domestic bill, health care reform, only if an immigration bill advanced quickly and with a presidential imprimatur. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus also endorsed the health care bill.
"I'm committed to voting for this health care bill on that basis," Gutierrez said. "I want the president to be in lockstep with us, which I believe he was during the campaign."Wow, first the guy votes for the health care bill because he wants an amnesty bill, then we get Real ID 2 and low income workers having their jobs threatened.Other parts of the Schumer-Graham outline include:
_Giving legal permanent residence to people who graduate with doctoral or master's degrees from U.S. universities.
_Adopting zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who commit crimes and expanding enforcement of immigration laws.
_Creating a flexible legal immigration system that brings in more low-skilled workers when jobs are available and fewer in a recession.
_Requiring all U.S. workers — citizens and legal immigrants — to get fraud-proof Social Security cards with a biometric identifier.
How about they **** off.