U.S. President Barack Obama takes questions from reporters during a news conference at the White House in Washington, January 14, 2013.
(Photo : REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
After meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) today, President Obama announced that he plans to propose his plan for immigration reform next Tuesday in Las Vegas.
According to the caucus members who were present at the meeting, the president's plan will create a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants that currently live in the United States. The caucus members included: Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa (Texas), Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), Democratic Immigration Task Force Chairman Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) and Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra (Calif.).
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"The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship," read a statement released by the administration. "The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay."
Caucus chairman Xavier Becerra added: "He said on more than one occasion that his principles virtually mirrored the Congressional Hispanic Caucus principles -- and if you look at our principles, we are determined to fight against creating a second class of Americans, I don't think there's any light between where we are and where he is on the issue of having America legally create a second class of citizens," according to the Huffington Post.
"It's up to Congress to pass legislation, and so Congress ultimately has to draft and present legislation," said Becerra. "And the smartest thing would be to draft a bipartisan bill that has bicameral support with the president right there at the helm as well."