Obama pushing for immigration overhaul in El Paso

May 10, 2011 - 3:14 AM
Obama Discovery

President Barack Obama admires a gift from crew members of the Discovery Space Shuttle, presented to him by commander Steve Lindsey, left, Monday, May 9, 2011, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his first presidential trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, using the backdrop of a Texas border city to renew his call for overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

The president's speech in El Paso on immigration will be the latest in a series of presidential events on the issue.

The president has been devoting a significant amount of time to immigration even though there's little if any chance that congressional Republicans will sign off on legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

The White House says Obama wants to boost public support for immigration legislation to pressure Congress to act. Critics say it's politics and Obama is just trying to get the Hispanic vote.