Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged President Obama on Wednesday to hit the road to put public pressure on House Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform. According to members who attended the meeting with the president, Obama made no commitment but promised to consider stepped-up travel while the House debates the hot-button issue.
"They are weighing their options. There is nothing official," one participant said. "Obviously we want him out there. The CHC wants him out there shining the light and keeping the public interest on this up. He's got a big megaphone and he has a lot invested in this thing. So the CHC, absolutely, we want him to be a leader on this issue, and he has been a leader."
In a cautiously worded White House statement after the meeting, there was no commitment of travel by the president. Instead, there was a promise that "members of his Cabinet and senior administration officials will bring this economic argument to key stakeholders" such as business leaders and local officials "to call upon the House to do the right thing on immigration."
Wary of reports that some members of the caucus are unhappy with the president's role so far in the immigration debate, caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, issued a statement after the meeting stressing, "There is no daylight between the CHC and the administration on this issue. We share the same set of principles and understand why immigration reform is important to the American public, especially the Latino community."