Obama: Immigration Reform ‘Within Our Grasp’ [VIDEO]

Barack Obama

President Obama, in a speech in Las Vegas, has outlined his immigration reform proposals, touting an effort from the Senate but also pointing out aspects of it he does not support.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:

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The President said the immigration reform framework worked out by a bipartisan group of Senators is a good sign, and he praised some of its provisions.

(President Obama) "Which are very much in line with the principles I have proposed and campaigned on for the last few years."

But the White House also criticized that plan for not extending immigration benefits to homosexual partners.  One of the authors of the Senate plan, Florida's Marco Rubio, warned the President the effort could fail.

Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio

(Sen. Rubio) "If this endeavor becomes a bidding war to see who can come up with the easiest, quickest and cheapest pathway to a green card possible."

On the right, the Senate proposal has been criticized as an amnesty, while some on the left see it as not generous enough.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

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