Obama Lays Out Immigration Overhaul Plan – Sara Welch Reports
Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama rolled into Las Vegas on Tuesday, ready to double down on immigration reform.
After failing to press the issue during his first four years in office, he has made it the top legislative priority of his second term.
Obama came under criticism from Latino activists for failing to deliver on 2008 campaign promise to make immigration reform a priority of his first term.
Last year, as his re-election campaign heated up, the Obama administration announced a halt to deportations of some young undocumented immigrants in a move that delighted the Latino community.
Exit polls in November indicated Latino voters gave overwhelming support to Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, who had advocated a policy that amounted to forcing undocumented immigrants to deport themselves.
While in Nevada, Obama will press for quick action on immigration reform and share more details about his immigration proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.