Obama: Work Should Start on Immigration Bill This Year

Obama: Work Should Start on Immigration Bill This Year

May 6th, 2010

by Mark Knoller, CBS

 Obama wants to push through his immigration agenda so he can get some more voters

President Obama said at an event in the Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon to celebrate Cinco de Mayo that he wants to begin work on comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.

The president acknowledged that the U.S. immigration system is broken and said Americans are right to be frustrated, including those in Border States.

“But the answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation,” he said, taking an apparent shot at the controversial immigration bill signed into law in Arizona, which critics say will result in racial profiling. “We can’t start singling out people because of who they look like or how they talk or how they dress.”

Added the president: “We can’t turn law-abiding American citizens or law abiding immigrants into subjects of suspicion and abuse.”

Mr. Obama again said he’s instructed his administration to closely monitor the Arizona law.

“That’s why we have to close the door on this kind of misconceived action by meeting our obligations here in Washington,” he said.

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