He spoke at a Cinco de Mayo event at the White House Wednesday clarifying statements last week that looked like he was cooling on immigration reform.
"I was pleased to see a strong proposal for comprehensive reform presented in the Senate last week, and I was pleased it was based on a bipartisan framework," Obama said according to CNN. "I want to begin work this year. And I want Democrats and Republicans to work with me."
But let's read between the lines.
He said he wants to "begin work this year." That doesn't mean it will be completed this year.
Any plan that looks to beef up border enforcement and create a pathway to legalization for the undocumented is going to be difficult to pass.
Obama is already facing increased criticism from immigrant rights activists and many in the Latino community for not pushing this to the top of his agenda sooner. He had promised to do so in his first year in office.
Obama again criticized the new Arizona immigration law.
The law would turn legal immigrants and U.S. citizens into "subjects of suspicion and abuse," he said.
"You can't start singling out people because of who they look like or how they talk or how they dress," he said according to The Hill.
One thing is certain. The new immigration law in Arizona has brought this issue to a national level. Expect more lawsuits, boycotts and protests.
And expect immigration to remain in the spotlight.