Congrats to President Obama on his first 100 days in office. And well done on keeping immigration reform on the front burner. During his prime time press conference last night, the President had this to say about immigration reform:

Okay. Lori Montenegro.


Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, when you met with the
Hispanic caucus a few weeks ago, reports came out that the White House
was planning to have a forum to talk about immigration and bring it to
the forefront. Going forward, my question is, what is your strategy to
try to have immigration reform? And are you still on the same timetable
to have it accomplished in the first year of your presidency? And also
I'd like to know if you're going to reach out to Senator John McCain,
who is Republican and in the past has favored immigration reform?


THE PRESIDENT: Well, we reach out to Senator McCain on a whole host
of issues. He has been a leader on immigration reform; I think he has
had the right position on immigration reform, and I would love to
partner with him and others on what is going to be a critical issue.
We've also worked with Senator McCain on what I think is a terrific
piece of legislation that he and Carl Levin have put together around
procurement reform. We want that moved and we're going to be working
hard with them to get that accomplished.


What I told the congressional Hispanic caucus is exactly what I
said the very next day in a town hall meeting and what I will continue
to say publically, and that is we want to move this process. We can't
continue with a broken immigration system. It's not good for anybody.
It's not good for American workers. It's dangerous for Mexican would-be
workers who are trying to cross a dangerous border. It is putting a
strain on border communities who oftentimes have to deal with a host of
undocumented workers, and it keeps those undocumented workers in the
shadows, which means they can be exploited at the same time as they're
depressing U.S. wages.


So what I hope to happen is that we're able to convene a working
group, working with key legislators, like Luis Gutierrez and Nydia
Velázquez and others, to start looking at a framework of how this
legislation might be shaped. In the meantime, what we're trying to do
is take some core -- some key administrative steps to move the process
along to lay the groundwork for legislation, because the American
people need some confidence that if we actually put a package together
we can execute.


So Janet Napolitano, who has great knowledge of this because of
having been a border governor, she's already in the process of
reviewing and figuring out how can we strengthen our border security in
a much more significant way than we're doing. If the American people
don't feel like you can secure the borders, then it's hard to strike a
deal that would get people out of the shadows and on a pathway to
citizenship who are already here, because the attitude of the average
American is going to be, well, you're just going to have hundreds of
thousands of more coming in each year. On the other hand, showing that
there's a more thoughtful approach than just raids of a handful of
workers -- as opposed to, for example, taking seriously the violations
of companies that sometimes are actively recruiting these workers to
come in -- that's again, something that we can start doing
administratively.


So what we want to do is to show that we are competent in getting
results around immigration, even on the structures that we already have
in place, the laws that we already have in place, so that we're
building confidence among the American people that we can actually
follow through on whatever legislative approach emerges.


Q: Do you feel confident --


THE PRESIDENT: I see the process moving this first year, and I'm
going to be moving it as quickly as I can. I've been accused of doing
too much. We are moving full steam ahead on all fronts. Ultimately, I
don't have control of the legislative calendar. And so we're going to
work with legislative leaders to see what we can do.