Although president Obama wants a “pathway to citizenship” as part of overall immigration reform, he says he won’t “prejudge” what kind of bill might reach his desk — as long as “folks aren’t being deported.”
“Well, I think the principle that we don’t want two classes of people in America is a principle that a lot of people agree with, not just me and not just Democrats,” Obama told Jake Tapper in a taped interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Obama said if House Republicans produce a bill saying that “folks aren’t being deported, families aren’t being separated, we’re able to attract top young students to provide the skills or start businesses here and then there’s a regular process of citizenship, I’m not sure how wide the divide ends up being. That’s why I don’t want to prejudge it.”
He said he “genuinely” believes that House Republicans want to get serious about immigration reform, and he mentioned Rep. Paul Ryan by name.
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