President Obama travels Tuesday to Las Vegas, Nevada to rally public support for reforming America’s oft-criticized immigration system. Nevada is one of many states with a substantial Hispanic population that overwhelmingly backed Obama’s re-election last year.
The president restated his commitment to immigration reform in his inaugural address last week.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country," he said.
U.S. lawmakers are working to forge a bipartisan bill that would provide a path to legalization for millions of foreign nationals who entered the United States illegally, and, at the same time, strengthen U.S. border security.
Senator John McCain said, “We can not go on forever with 11-million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here - who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well. So I think the time is right.”