President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday pledged to work from both sides of the border to bring about ripe conditions for passing comprehensive immigration reform.Going before cameras after a private meeting at the White House, Obama said the two presidents discussed the need for immigration that is orderly and safe, and we acknowledge that both our countries have responsibilities.Obama said Calderon was doing his part to create better jobs in Mexico so more Mexicans see a future of opportunity in their country. Obama also reaffirmed his commitment to working with Congress to pass bipartisan immigration reform that includes three key pieces: strengthened border security, accountability for employers and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.Im actually confident that we can get it done, Obama said, although he gave no timeline or strategy for moving forward on the issue, which has stalled in the Senate from lack of GOP support.I dont have 60 votes in the Senate. Ive got to have some support from Republicans, the president said. I dont expect to get every Republican vote, but I need some help in order to get it done.Calderon acknowledged the sensitivity and the commitment that Obama has to moving forward with a comprehensive solution that will be respectful of the rights of the individuals and will be adjusting itself in a realistic way to the needs of both our economies.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.