The Senate is feeling the heat from President Obama in regards to immigration reform. During a naturalization ceremony for 28 new citizens at the White House on Monday, Obama declared that he wants to see the passage of a bill that will fix the immigration system "as soon as possible.”
“We are making progress, but we've got to finish the job," said the President while joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reports The Huffington Post. He continued, "We've all proposed solutions. We've got a lot of white papers and studies. We've just got, at this point, to work up the political courage to do what's required to be done.”
The Senate has their work cut out for them as they try to finish the immigration bill before Congress returns from recess during the second week of April. Obama urged the audience that action must be taken soon. "Let's get this done," he expressed. "And let's do it in a way that keeps faith in our history and our values."
In part, Obama's approval rate among Latinos has improved dramatically due to his take on immigration reform. In a recent study based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 participants, targeted issues including his job and immigration approval ratings. Among their findings, 41% of Hispanics believe that Obama has created a more secure path towards citizenship and has made implementing new policies his priority. In addition, almost half of the Latinos (49%) surveyed believe that stronger border security should also form part of Obama’s agenda. Overall, 68% of Latinos approved of Obama’s job at handling immigration reform, up 28% since the year before.
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