The White House announced Obama’s plan to call for the second time in a week for a “common sense” immigration reform with a statement from the East Room of the White House.
The announcement Wednesday evening, which was attributed to a “White House official,” said the president would be joined on stage and in the audience by a broad range of immigration supporters for the 10:30 a.m. ET message Thursday.
The day after the government shutdown ended, Obama issued a “to-do” list for Congress. Immigration reform was on that list, right after the No. 1 issue of fixing the budget and just before passing a farm bill.
Obama’s request, directed largely at House Republicans, is sandwiched between a Capitol gathering of young immigrants wanting to join the military and a planned convergence of groups of conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders in Washington Tuesday to pressure the House to move immigration reform legislation
The House has passed five separate bills on immigration reform and is working on others. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Wednesday said he immigration needs to be addressed and he’s hopeful something could happen by the end of the year.