The White House took credit for the immigration deal that was announced today by a bi-partisan group of US Senators.
The Politico reported:
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue.
“I think it’s important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we’re seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it’s happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it’s happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue,” Carney said.
He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama continued to press for it, giving speeches repeatedly and putting out a detailed blueprint for reform.
“He made clear in the campaign last year that this would be a top priority of his in a second term, and he is keeping that commitment by pressing forward today,” he said.
Carney declined to address a key difference between the White House and the senators’ plan, which would allow a path to citizenship only after increased border security.