Yesterday, US legislators seemed to coalesce around a plan to fix America’s immigration system. Today, President Obama announced his own principles for reform, and there wasn’t too much difference in the broad strokes. Obama also said he wouldn’t introduce his own bill as long as bipartisan legislation moved forward, holding his plan as a secondary option but deferring to Congress for now.
“The architecture here that we’re talking about here is similar to what is being discussed in the Senate,” an Obama administration official told reporters after the event. “That gives us a great deal of encouragement that this is something that we’re going to be able to get done and especially be able to get done quickly.”
That includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and new investments in border security, but Obama outlined a few other priorities that weren’t in the Senate framework and may not be included in the House version, either:
While there’s still plenty of room for agreement, particularly on visas for highly-skilled workers, these are some early places to watch for conflict between the president and Congress as this important legislation moves forward.