Immigration Reform Depends on Bipartisanship

Immigration Reform Depends on Bipartisanship

So far no Republicans have signed on to immigration legislation.

President Obama is not offering new policy recommendations or a timetable for Congressional action but he is appealing for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system. During a speech at American University's School of International Service the President restated his commitment to comprehensive legislation that would strengthen border security and include a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. He admitted prospects for such a measure are nonexistent without Republican support. Without bipartisan support President Obama says we cannot solve this problem.

Calling for an end to partisan posturing, President Obama singled out 11 Republicans who supported an effort led by President George W. Bush in 2007 but have not joined the effort in this Congress. In response, Representative Cornyn, R-Texas, said Obama continues to deliver words but no action. He accused the President of putting immigration on a back burner while blaming Republicans for inaction. Cornyn says he's committed to credible, bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform and is willing to work with anyone who shares that commitment, something he has told President Obama.

House Democrats say they have over 100 votes for comprehensive immigration legislation. No Republicans have signed on. As for the Senate, Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has released two versions of immigration reform.

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