Capitol Alert: Obama to push for immigration changes in San Francisco speech

dsiders@sacbee.comNovember 21, 2013 


President Barack Obama waves to the media as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning on Marine One from Camp David, Md., where he spent his birthday Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.

JACQUELYN MARTIN — Associated Press

President Barack Obama will continue to press his case for immigration law changes in a speech Monday in San Francisco, a White House official said.

Obama, who is visiting the Bay Area for a fundraiser, will visit the Betty Ong Recreation Center to "deliver remarks on the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform," the White House said.

It provided no other details about the visit.

Obama is pushing ahead on immigration despite resistance in the House and the distraction of his bungled rollout of the federal healthcare overhaul.

The U.S. Senate in June approved legislation that would pay for increased border security and create a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The measure is stalled in the House, with many Republicans resistant.

Obama, speaking in Washington on Tuesday, said he is "actually optimistic that we're going to get this done."

Obama will be in San Francisco for a previously announced fundraiser at the SFJazz Center. The Bay Area has been a lucrative fundraising location for the president, and he is likely to find the state receptive to his immigration views.

In recent years Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have enacted laws allowing undocumented immigrant college students to receive public financial aid and granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, among other measures.

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