Obama and Congress must create a path to citizenship for immigrants already living in the U.S.
President Obama is willing — eager, even — for Congress to take the lead on immigration reform. In his speech Tuesday in Nevada, he downplayed significant differences between the vision he has laid out and the bipartisan plan unveiled Monday by the Senate Gang of 8.
Obama spoke approvingly of the principles guiding the senators’ outline for comprehensive reform, “which are very much in line with the principles I’ve proposed and campaigned on for the last few years.”
As these are distilled into specific legislation, though, the president should be a force for a strong bill that will not end up deferring the thorniest issues indefinitely. In the current political climate, that would mean for years longer, perhaps decades.