ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:
After receiving his regular rounds of morning briefings President Obama will travel to El Paso, Texas today.
Speaking from the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso Texas along the US-Mexico border the president will address immigration reform and border security.
Senior administration officials would not speak to the specificity of what President Obama would outline in his address, but noted that much of what is new is the push for reform, not necessarily the policy of the reform.
“Part of what is new is here is this has some elements to a campaign to it,” an administration official acknowledged on a conference call yesterday with reporters, “We know the policy we are driving towards, we know where the obstacles are and what he president is hoping to do is to build the momentum, extend the number and the quality of voices that are engaging in the debate, and create a sense of urgency around the country that matches his sense of urgency on this issue.”
The administration says part of what the president will say tomorrow is a “call to action” to the country “to create the momentum we need it order to get this over the top.
“He’s hoping to elevate the debate,” the senior administration official said pointing to the five meetings with high level stakeholders in May in order to find a legislative solution to the problem.
Prior to the speech, President Obama will tour the cargo facility at the Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry, the largest of four crossings that comprise the El Paso Port of Entry. The Bridge of the Americas processes inbound and outbound commercial, private vehicle, bus, and pedestrian traffic.
Administration official said this trip is also for the president to see “first hand to see some of progress” made on securing the Southwest border.
Afterwards the president will travel to Austin, Texas for a fundraiser. He will return back to Washington, DC late that evening.