WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he hopes immigration reform can be passed into law by June, but in the meantime he has no plans to halt or slow deportations, despite pleas from advocates.
Obama gave interviews to two Spanish-language outlets, Univision and Telemundo, on Wednesday, the day after he delivered a major speech on immigration reform. He argued that much of the legislative work on the issue is already done, given years of work by a number of members of Congress and his own administration. Now, the struggle is about convincing lawmakers to sign on, he told Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart.
“Really the issue here is not so much technical as it is political,” Obama said on Telemundo. “It’s a matter of Republicans and Democrats coming together and finding a meeting of the minds and then making the case. And, you know, I’m hopeful that this can get done and I don’t think that it should take many, many months.”