Immigration Reform on President's Agenda

May 6, 2011

Wednesday's message to President Obama from the Hispanic Caucus is that the President must take Administrative action to advance immigration reform.  This is the message from the petition that Was sent to President Obama last year.

From the Huffington Post:
CHC Members say there are several areas where Obama has the authority to take action in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. These include expediting VISAs, focusing deportation efforts on criminal apprehension and changing rules that keep illegal immigrants out of the country for up to 10 years if they ever leave the U.S.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who chairs CHC’s Immigration Task Force, said he has the same message for Obama that he has been taking to the thousands of people who show up to the rallies he has been hosting nationwide on the need for reforming the immigration system.

“You have the authority,” Gutierrez said. “We want you to take the administrative action that you can take.”
Expect to see immigration reform take a front stage this month. President Obama will be traveling to Texas next week to deliver a speech on immigration reform in El Paso, Texas.

President Obama has reportedly been holding meetings with members of Congress over the last few weeks, included the one attended by Congressman Sablan and other Hispanic Caucus members.

At the Cinco de Mayo celebration held last evening at the White House, the President said:
"I strongly believe that we've got to fix this broken system so that it meets the needs of our 21st century economy and our security needs,"