President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform at an event Tuesday in Las Vegas, the White House said Friday.
In a statement, the White House said the president’s proposal would call for legislation to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Obama held a strategy session Friday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, telling the lawmakers that reform efforts would be “a top priority” in his second term.
“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,” the White House statement said. “The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay.”
The White House described Obama’s trip to Nevada on Tuesday as an opportunity to “redouble” efforts to fix the immigration system within the next year.
At the White House briefing Friday, press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would largely “speak about the blueprint that has been available to the public for more than a year” at the event.
But, Carney said, the president “hopes that [the] dynamic has changed” with congressional Republicans, saying the White House saw a new “willingness” from across the aisle to address immigration questions and hoped “what was once a bipartisan effort will continue to be a bipartisan effort.”
Among those in attendance at Friday’s White House meeting with Obama were Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), Rep. Ben Luján (D-N.M.) and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).
“After today’s meeting, it’s clear that President Obama is determined to fix our long broken immigration system,” Becerra said in a statement following the meeting. “The President expressed a great sense of urgency and that comprehensive immigration reform, including an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, is his top legislative priority.”
The CHC developed a nine-point immigration plan earlier this year that is likely to serve as the template for the president’s immigration reform efforts.