President Obama is holding a meeting today to “launch a policy conversation” on immigration reform. CNN reports:
The meeting comes less than a week after the president reiterated his commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform that paves the way for citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.
On Friday, Obama told a Hispanic audience that the “fair, practical and promising way forward” is to strengthen border security, clarify the status of those who are here illegally, and require illegal immigrants to pay a penalty and taxes. He also said undocumented workers should learn English and “go to the back of the line behind those who played by rules” in terms of applying for citizenship.
“The American people believe in immigration, but they also believe that we can’t tolerate a situation where people come to the United States in violation of the law,” Obama said in an address to the eighth annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington.