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President to Endorse Compromise Immigration Plan

LAS VEGAS -- President Obama promised the Latino community that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities if re-elected. He plans to give a major speech today about the issue.
LAS VEGAS -- President Obama promised the Latino community that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities if re-elected. He plans to give a major speech today about the issue.

President Obama had planned to push his vision for immigration reform at a speech in Las Vegas today.
But now, the president will set his plan aside and endorse a plan unveiled Monday by a group of bipartisan Senators.

"This is a big deal . This is an important development. This is in keeping with the principles the president has been espousing for a long time," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

The group of eight senators, 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, believe their plan could pass, where others have failed.

"We believe, this will be the year Congress finally gets it done," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

The bill provides a way for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to become citizens, after steps have been taken to beef up border security.

The President supports a quicker path to citizenship. But the White House says he's willing to compromise.

"We will work with Congress, with both parties in both houses to achieve the kind of bipartisan support we need," Carney said.

Despite support from both sides of Congress and the White House, many of the people we've talked to say passing this bill won't be easy.

"No one should expect the members of the Senate are just going to rubber stamp what a group has met and decided," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). "We are not going to just rubber stamp what the President of the United States has just decided."

But many here acknowledge the political climate has changed since President Obama won 71-percent of the Latino vote.

"For the first time ever, there's more political risk in opposing immigration reform, than supporting it," Schumer noted.

The president plans to push for public support of the bill beginning with his speech in Las Vegas this afternoon.

A new CBS News poll shows 51-percent of Americans think illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be able to stay and apply for citizenship.

Another 20% say they should stay but only as guest workers.
And a quarter of Americans think illegal immigrants now working here should be required to leave the country.


(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)
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