President Barack Obama pressed Congress to pass immigration reform legislation today during a speech at a Las Vegas high school.
"We need Congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants," said Obama during his speech.
The president outlined a plan that calls for a path to citizenship, but did not directly link it to securing the borders, which an immigration reform blueprint released by a bipartisan group of congressmen yesterday is contingent upon.
Obama's plan also calls for same-sex marriages and partnerships to be handled in the same way as heterosexual marriages when it comes to immigration law, which could be problematic when it comes to corralling legislative support from GOP lawmakers.
"The president believes that it should be included and that should come as no surprise," explained Jay Carney, the White House Press secretary. "As we've said all along, this is consistent with the principles he has laid out over the last four years. And the president has long believed that Americans with same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love or staying in the country they love."
Meanwhile, the LA Times is reporting that a secret group of House members, with three lawmakers from each side of the aisle, is quietly working on their own immigration reform bill. They would like to unveil the proposal before the president's February 12 State of The Union address. The House bill is expected to look similar to the Senate plan that was released Monday.