President Lays Out His Vision For Immigration Reform

He praised the bipartisan principles, which mirror the White House’s 2011 blueprint for immigration reform. “At this moment, it looks like there’s a genuine desire to get this done soon,” he said in his speech from Nevada. “And that’s very encouraging.” As one of his four principles of immigration reform, the president called for improvements to the nation’s immigration system because it no longer “reflects the realities of our time.”

During his speech, Obama pointed out that what he was suggesting was not that different than what former Sen. Ted Kennedy (MA) and former President George W. Bush supported in 2007. And it is very close to the Senate’s starting point for an immigration reform bill. The bipartisan principles are clear on immigration reform, but if Congress does not move forward on immigration quickly, Obama said, “I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.”

If you missed Obama’s Talk on Immigration here is the complete video, short and sweet..