President Obama will speak with Spanish-language news stations Telemundo and Univision Wednesday as the White House looks to intensify pressure on Congress to strike a bipartisan immigration deal.
The interview will "focus on the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform, among other topics of interest to the Hispanic community" in a statement released by Telemundo Tuesday.
This comes as four members of the Senate’s so-called “gang of eight”, including Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff flake and Democrats Charles Schumer and Michael Bennet, take a tour of the Arizona-Mexico border.
The president spoke about his hopes for immigration reform the last time he appeared on the networks in late January.
Obama urged Congress at a naturalization ceremony at the White House Monday to "finish the job" on crafting a comprehensive immigration reform bill, saying he expects the Senate begin debate on a bill next month.
“After avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all.” Obama said. “We've just got, at this point, to work up the political courage to do what's required to be done. So I expect a bill to be put forward. I expect the debate to begin next month. I want to sign that bill into law as soon as possible.”
The call for comprehensive immigration reforms continues to gather momentum. Several Silicon Valley leading companies have joined the immigration reform bandwagon. According to the Examiner.com, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is one of the founders behind a new advocacy organization that includes eBay, Google and Yahoo, Eventbrite, PayPal, Appfluence, Zynga, and others. This yet unnamed Super PAC will promote comprehensive immigration reform and other social issues, perhaps modeled after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New Economy.