It is hoped that an American immigration reform bill will be introduced in the Senate shortly.
12 March 2010
Obama committed to American immigration reform
American immigration advocates have been reassured by President Barack Obama that the promised overhaul of American immigration laws will go ahead and that he remains committed to fixing the system.
Obama also met separately later on Thursday with Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who gave the president an outline of a bill they are drafting. Schumer said he and Graham asked Obama for help building support in the Senate for an American immigration bill.
Obama said afterward in a statement that he "looked forward to reviewing their promising framework".
American immigration reform is an important issue for Obama. Hispanics voted heavily for Obama in the 2008 presidential election, making the difference in key states like Florida, and Latino voters who don't think progress is being made on the issue may not go to the polls in the November midterm elections.
After the meeting with Obama, immigration advocates told reporters they want Schumer and Graham to release their bill blueprint before a planned March 21 demonstration in Washington, and for a bill to introduced in the Senate swiftly.