WASHINGTON -- President Obama flies to Las Vegas Tuesday for the public unveiling of his drive for a comprehensive immigration reform law, but he's not planning to release many specifics, aides say.
Senior administration officials say they’ve had legislative language on immigration in the works for a couple of years. But plans for the speech changed after a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement on their own plan, which they released Monday.
As long as Congress is making progress, one official said, the president feels no need to make the White House draft public. Instead, Obama prefers to work quietly with members of both parties to mesh his principles with theirs.
Obama's speech is expected to praise the early signs of a consensus in the Senate and urge lawmakers to work quickly while the momentum is with them.
Senior administration officials say he will describe his vision for immigration reform without much departure from the blueprint he first unveiled in spring 2011. He’ll express support for a clear path to citizenship, tighter requirements on employers to check the immigration status of new hires and an increase in the number of visas for high-skilled workers.