President Obama gave a memorable address today on the need to move immigration reform. He largely laid out the same case that the Gang of Eight Senators did yesterday. But he made clear that if the Senate and House get bogged down in bickering, he'll push his own version of a reform bill and force Republicans to vote no, something that could haunt the GOP for years. From the speech:
So -- so we know where the consensus should be. Now, of course, there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give-and-take in the process. But it’s important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. And if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.