Obama to Prioritize Immigration Reform Once Fiscal Crisis Resolved

Tells Spanish-language network he will push for a vote “the day after”

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press prior to meeting with CEOs, business owners, and entrepreneurs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform June 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Once the fiscal crisis has been resolved, President Barack Obama is going to push for immigration reform, he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language network Univision on Tuesday.

Obama, who largely managed to hold on to office on the backs of Hispanic voters, has long looked to easing the plight of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants, but other issues have kept coming in the way during his second term.

Last month, the president stated that he would consider a gradual approach to reform if it meant he could win the support of House Republicans, many of whom are opposed to granting legal status to the paperless population without implementing stricter border protection.