With tens of thousands of people heading to Washington for the March for America this Sunday and the news of a bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform legislation from Senators Schumer and Graham, there’s a lot of news to track today – here’s a quick recap for the folks at home.
One major development is summed up in this USA Today headline, “Obama pledges to push immigration reform:”
Just hours after he cancelled an international trip to stay in Washington and fight for health care legislation, President Obama has announced that he’s ready to start pushing forward on another controversial issue: immigration reform. In an election year, no less.
A week after he met with senators Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, to talk about immigration, he congratulated them on working together to come up with a “framework” for reform.
“I am pleased to see that Senators Schumer and Graham have produced a promising, bipartisan framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward,” Obama said. ” It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the system.”
The Associated Press led with the President’s statement, too, in “Obama backs senators immigration overhaul outline.”
CNN has an article on its website about the “thousands of people” who will be attending Sunday’s march (Already, more than 50,000 are planning to attend):
Thousands of people are expected to pour into Washington for a Sunday rally demanding immigration reform, launching the first public battle over the issue since the announcement of a new bipartisan plan endorsed by President Barack Obama.