President Obama wants to begin working on immigration reform this year

Thursday, May 6, 2010; A02

President Obama said at a White House reception Wednesday that he wants "to begin work this year" on comprehensive immigration reform, warning the audience that securing the legislation will be difficult but possible.

Addressing an audience celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden, Obama said, "America's diversity is America's strength." That, he added, is why he has spoken out against Arizona's recently passed immigration law, which has raised concerns about racial profiling.

"We can't start singling out people because of who they look like," he said to applause. "That's why we have to close the door on this kind of misconceived action by meeting our obligations here in Washington."

Obama suggested recently that immigration reform would not be possible this year, drawing some criticism. His comments Wednesday appeared to reinforce the view that passing a bill this year is most likely impossible.

-- Scott Wilson

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