The Common Good

White House Tries A Kinder, Gentler Approach To Achieving Immigration Reform

Date: January 22, 2014

The White House is going to try a kinder and gentler approach to immigration reform in the hope that a carrot this year will bring more success than the stick did last year.

White House officials reportedly have told leading immigration reform advocates in recent meetings that President Obama is choosing to tone down his rhetoric on the need to overhaul the system, and will give Republicans in the House of Representatives the space to work on legislation, according to Politico...

“You’re not going to see the president talking critically or negatively about Republicans on an issue like this when he wants to see this happen,” said Jim Wallis, president of the Christian social-justice organization Sojourners. “They’re not looking for conflict here, they are looking for cooperation and collaboration.”

House Republicans, meanwhile, are working on what they're calling "immigration principles" which would give potentially millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to permanently live and work in the United States.