FILE - In this May 3, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office as he arrives to speak at a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Despite a relentless workload ahead, President Barack Obama is lighter on his feet in one sense as he opens his second term. Gone are the hundreds of promises of the past. HeÕs toting carry-ons instead of heavy cargo this time. Failing to achieve a promised first-term overhaul of immigration law, Obama took stopgap executive action to help as many as 1.7 million younger illegal immigrants stay in the country, and now, after an election marked by Hispanic clout, finds the political landscape more amenable to trying again. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is hailing bipartisan Senate efforts to overhaul the nation's patchwork immigration laws, welcoming "a genuine desire" to tackle an issue that has been stalled for years.
At a campaign-style rally scheduled Tuesday in Las Vegas, Obama also will seek to rally public support behind his own immigration principles. The president's proposals largely mirror plans released a day earlier by eight senators, four Democrats and four Republicans.
"The good news is that, for the first time in many years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together," Obama said in excerpts of his talk released in advance of the Nevada outing. "It looks like there's a genuine desire to get this done soon. And that's very encouraging," he said.
A central tenet of the proposals from the White House and the Senate group is a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally. Immigration advocates said they expected the president's proposals to be more progressive than those featured in the Senate plan, including a faster pathway to citizenship.
The simultaneous immigration initiatives were spurred by the November presidential election, in which Obama won an overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters. The results also forced new thinking among Republicans who previously had opposed immigration change. Now a host of GOP lawmakers is reconsidering the party's stance on the issue in order to rebuild its reputation among Hispanics, an increasingly powerful political force in America.
Most of the recommendations Obama will make Tuesday are not new. He outlined an immigration blueprint in May 2011 but exerted little political capital to get it passed by Congress, to the disappointment of many Hispanics.
Obama "will certainly note today the promising signs we've seen in Congress, most specifically the bipartisan principles put together by the group of senators that mirror his own principles," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Nevada. "That is cause for hope. And what you'll hear from the president today is how we need to take these initial positive steps and continue to move forward so that actual legislation is produced."
The president was making his pitch in Nevada, a political battleground he carried in November, in large part because of support from Hispanics in the state.
Nationally, Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, giving him a key advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Administration officials said the president would bolster his 2011 immigration blueprint with some fresh details. His original plan centered on four key areas: a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., improved border security, an overhaul of the legal immigration system, and an easier process for businesses to verify the legal status of workers.
Administration officials said they were encouraged to see the Senate backing the same broad principles. In part because of the fast action on Capitol Hill, Obama does not currently plan to send lawmakers formal immigration legislation.
However, officials said the White House does have legislation drafted and could fall back on it should the Senate process stall. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal strategy.
Carney said the president believes the package also should include recognition of gay couples where one partner is American and another is not.
"The president has long believed that Americans with same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love or staying in the country they love," Carney said.
Sen. John McCain called that issue a "red flag" in an interview Tuesday on "CBS This Morning."
The Arizona Republican also said he didn't think that it was of "paramount importance at this time."
"We'll have to look at it," McCain said. But he added that the highest priority is finding a "broad consensus" behind the immigration bill already being planned. He said the country must do something about 11 million people "living in the shadows."
Obama's previous proposals for creating a pathway to citizenship required those already in the U.S. illegally to register with the government and submit to security checks; pay registration fees, a series of fines and back taxes; and learn English. After eight years, individuals would be allowed to become legal permanent residents and could eventually become citizens five years later.
The Senate group's pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. would be contingent upon securing the border and improving tracking of people in the U.S. on visas. Linking citizenship to border security could become a sticking point between the White House and lawmakers.
The Senate framework would also require those here illegally to pass background checks and pay fines and taxes in order to qualify for a "probationary legal status" that would allow them to live and work here - but not qualify for federal benefits - before being able to apply for permanent residency, a critical step toward citizenship. Once they are allowed to apply they would do so behind everyone else already waiting for a green card within the current immigration system.
Passage of legislation by the full Democratic-controlled Senate is far from assured, but the tallest hurdle could come in the House, which is dominated by conservative Republicans who've shown little interest in immigration reform.
The senators involved in formulating the immigration proposals, in addition to McCain, are Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
Several of these lawmakers have worked for years on the issue. McCain collaborated with the late Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on comprehensive immigration legislation pushed by then-President George W. Bush in 2007, only to see it collapse in the Senate when it couldn't get enough GOP support.