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Obama 'Modestly Optimistic' About Immigration Legislation

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 31, 2014.
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 31, 2014.
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The U.S. president has suggested he might be willing to open the door to compromise on immigration legislation.

Barack Obama, in a pair of interviews released Friday, said he may drop his insistence that immigration legislation include a special pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the US. illegally.

The U.S. leader's comments come a day after Republican leaders in the House of Representatives released a statement of immigration principles, allowing millions of adults who live in the U.S. unlawfully to obtain legal status after paying back taxes and fines. However, the Republican plan stops short of offering a route to citizenship, a step some Republican conservatives consider as amnesty.

President Obama has been waiting since last year for the House to take up immigration reform after the Senate passed a bill providing a path to citizenship that would take at least 13 years.

The president says he remains "modestly optimistic" that he can work out an immigration reform agreement with the Republicans.

His comments came during an online Google Plus Hangout discussion and a CNN interview.

Many Republicans see immigration reform legislation as a chance to attract Latino voters who largely supported Obama and the Democrats in the 2012 and 2008 elections.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: David John Francis
February 02, 2014 12:14 AM
An Amnesty bill is nothing more than a vote-grab by politicians and it must discontinue now! If amnesty goes through, Democrats will gain control of the House and Senate for decades to come—that is their sole purpose for this push, which includes Republican hierarchy who are desperate for cheap workers. If it happens, illegal aliens will only suck from the federal and state money trough worse than they do now—welfare, food stamps and even Social Security will be impacted. Shamefully, they're allowed to demonstrate in our streets, demanding amnesty, claiming it's their civil right—what civil rights—they broke the law, their criminals. It’s only through Congress that it isn’t a felony, proving to me that they don’t care how many foreigners end up here? 10 million Americans still seek work, while another 6 million have just given up and forced to live on paltry unemployment benefits and food stamps. The coal industry has been suffocated by the EPA, with consequences that hundreds of thousands of jobless miners are now walking the streets.


Congress must put an end to this travesty right now. His elected officials have refused to answer ALL the unanswered questions regarding Benghazi, guns to Mexican drug cartels and the IRS snooping into our personal lives. He repeatedly shreds the Rule of Law. Blatantly defies Congress. Aids terrorists and is demanding Congress grant amnesty to people who entered our country illegally. His signature health care legislation is unconstitutional. Millions are losing their insurance plans and their doctors because of it. He's put all of us at risk with his reckless actions one after the other.

An anonymous Department of Homeland Security official stated, “Right now, entire families — groups — show up at the border and turn themselves in,” said who works along the Arizona border with Mexico. “It’s only getting worse. They bring their children with them and they know they will not be turned back — the majorities are given a free ride into the U.S. This is out of control and passing immigration reform without enforcing current laws will make it worse, not better.”

by: David John Francis
February 02, 2014 12:14 AM


Another Texas Border officer who was promised anonymity in his commentary,” Human smugglers are using the “promise of immigration reform” among those frantic to immigrate to the U.S. from overseas. Many illegal migrant workers “are trying to find a way into the United States before the amnesty and many with their offspring,” Children become leverage for the parents, because under the “Birthright Citizenship Law” annotated in the 14 Amendment illegal aliens are slipping into America to gain access to food stamps, cash payments, schooling and of course healthcare—and taxpayers are burdened with these costs, which averages into the hundred of billions of dollars. Of course the parents, a pregnant Mother who arrives by plane or crosses the border can claim dollars, prenatal and hospital treatment—all for free. That’s how millions of illegal aliens live, with the many children supplementing their income and no possibility of being deported—especially under the Obama presidential preference.

. Use your voice and jam the switchboard in Washington at (202) 224-3121. Enough is enough. Obama has defied and despoiled the Constitution, bypassed Congress, gone against the laws of this country and the ardent will of the people. The only true Conservatives who will enforce immigration are the “tearing-away” Peoples TEA PARTY dot org. Millions of Americans are cutting their bonds from the Democratic and the GOP elitists, along with all nationalities, blacks, whites, Latino’s, Asian and other minority and religious groups. Many Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents identify with the premises set forth by the Tea Party Movement, which is striking a chord and ringing true with the American Spirit. The TEA PARTY grassroots mission calls for awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea Party represents the voice of the true owners of the United States: WE THE PEOPLE.


Understand why the voices of the people who are speaking out in unison, relating to the unions being taken over by Marxist’s and the undermining of our great Republic? Read Trevor Loudoun books, about the truth covering Obama’s rise to power, called “Borack Obama and the Enemies Within.” HE STATES IN HIS BOOK, THAT COMMUNISTS HAVE INFILTRATED THE WHITE HOUSE. Then read Frank De Varona’s book “America in Decline. He was in a Cuban prison and as a Christian Latino, who realizes the consequences of millions of more illegal aliens arriving here under Obama or John Boehner who benefit massively from invasion, why citizens and legal residents pay dearly. The President is pushing for amnesty even though the (CBO) Congressional Budget Office has determined it will devastate the wages of working class people.

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