President Obamas commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform is strong and I believe we are already making significant headway. We are exploring the fundamental building blocks for a strong, fair, and bipartisan proposal and will pursue it with all deliberate speed, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
Speaking at the same event, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is open to ideas about how to incorporate immigration reforms into homeland security policies.
We have to come down to one basic principle, Napolitano said. Everybody ... has to agree and believe that we begin with immigration with the concept that it is an embodiment of the rule of law and that the rule of law will be fully and fairly and effectively applied across the spectrum.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.