President Obama called Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) from Air Force One today to tell the Republican that immigration reform was coming in a matter of weeks — and to encourage Brown to get involved with the legislation.Obama, who’s been under pressure from reform advocates to act on immigration, urged Brown to consider legislation being proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama told Brown Democrats would move forward with immigration reform in a month.
“Senator Brown told the president that he would review any legislation if it came before the Senate, but he believes that the immediate focus should be on fixing the economy and creating jobs,” Brown spokesman Colin Reed told TPM.
As a state senator in Massachusetts, Brown co-sponsored a bill that required employers with state contracts to check that their workers had valid social security numbers.