President Obama in Las Vegas Today Talking About Immigration

Filed in National by on January 29, 2013

This is scheduled for 3PM Eastern. President Obama will be in Las Vegas today to speak on his plan for reforming the immigration system. I imagine this will be covered just everywhere, but right now, you can count on CSPAN and the White House site for live streaming if you are at work. The media preview of this is fairly thin, but here’s the WaPo:

For example, the Senate proposal would let illegal immigrants obtain legal residency quickly. But it would not allow them to seek full citizenship until border security had been improved and a new system was in place for employers to verify the employment status of workers.

Obama will not endorse such a proposal, the administration official said. The president intends to make clear the need for a more straightforward route for un­documented workers and students to obtain citizenship, reflecting fears among advocates that a cumbersome process would create a decades-long wait for some migrants.

“We see the Senate principles as a centrist set of principles, but we expect the administration to be more detailed to the left,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a leading immigration advocacy group. “I don’t think it’ll be an immigration advocate’s dream, but it will be a solid left-of-center proposal.”

The rest of the WaPo article is largely exasperating horserace BS — full of foreboding that the President’s plan might get in the way of the “bipartisan” plan. As for me, I’m looking at where the President’s plan might eliminate some of the speedbumps and veto points of the Senate plan that would provide people who shouldn’t have control of this process an opportunity to just ride the brakes and slow it all down.

Will update this with links of more coverage as I hear of them. Feel free to use this thread to comment on the remarks if you are watching them.

More live streaming:
NBC News
CNN (no link — can’t reach the video)


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  1. bamboozer says:

    It’s going to be interesting but I think Obama should lay back and see what comes out of the senate, let them be the initial target of the Limbaughs and the rest. But he won’t, Obama believes in immigration reform and wants his name on it. Get ready for the abuse of the word amnesty in coming weeks, it may well supplant “2nd amendment”.

  2. Aoine says:

    Oh- it’s on!

    If I could ONLY post the pictures I have seen!
    Numbers USA. FAIR. The entire troop of misfits are out and at em

    It’s gonna be an interesting ride

  3. cassandra_m says:

    I finally saw this address today and it looks to me like Obama is out making good use of the bully pulpit, but is content with a “let’s you and him fight” stance towards the Senate proposal unless they get too bogged down in the weeds. This could be very interesting indeed if you have some confidence in Democrats playing their cards well. Obama doesn’t have the link between green cards and border security, which I think is right. But Democrats need to be out there telling people just how much border security there really is. People who talk about border security as though it is non-existent need to be told to Sit Down.

    I’ve been hearing the word “amnesty” alot (Radio Times seemed to be ground zero of the word this AM) today, which makes me laugh. But here is definitely a difference between the GOP Senators cheerleading for this thing and the GOP base. Which one do you think gets demoralized first?

  4. cassandra_m says:

    Cynical me will note that Brewer is still talking about securing a border that they already have a fair bit of control over. King thinks he is running for Senate and Limbaugh is still talking this trash:

    LIMBAUGH: And the way the Republicans are looking at it is that they think that Hispanic immigrants are made-to-order conservatives. For some reason, culturally, they think that they’re invested in hard work. And using the Cuban exile model, they’re exactly right. But the Hispanic demographic, if you will, or population, has shifted. And the Cuban exile model is no longer the dominant model. The Mexican immigrant model is. And that — they arrive with an entirely different view of America. And I’m sorry if this is offensive, but it’s true.

    And I’m not just asserting it. The scholarly research from academia is out there. A full 75 percent of voting Hispanics believe that prosperity is the job of government. And so they’ll vote for the party that espouses those beliefs. [It] happens to be the Democrats. And so we sit here, and we think it’s a lost cause to favor amnesty, illegal immigration, simply to get voters.

  5. Aoine says:

    Oh I know……and King is up for re-election….

    It’s a a pretty transparent game.