Monday, January 28, 2013

GOP Leadership: Obama Re-election Spurs New Hope for Immigration Reform

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

This week may see some daylight in the long, dark uncertainty over immigration. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they now agree on some basic reform principles—though it's still unclear what those principles are.

A news conference slated for this morning will reportedly address a broad range of immigration issues, including border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

“It is not that much different from what we tried to do in 2007," said Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. "What has changed is, honestly, that there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle—including, maybe more importantly, on the Republican side of the aisle—that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill."

McCain admitted movement on the Republican side was spurred by the re-election of President Obama.

"Look at the last election. We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that," McCain said.

President Barack Obama is expected to focus on anticipated reforms when he launches his second-term push for new immigration guidelines during a visit to Nevada on Tuesday.

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