Then and Now: Obama's Stance on Path to Citizenship
PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks at McGavock High School, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

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President Obama has long said any immigration reform bill should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But as House Republicans discuss potentially providing undocumented immigrants a pathway to legalization, but not a pathway to citizenship, the president signaled he might be open to a deal that that leaves out the citizenship pathway he once advocated for so strongly.


In May, President Obama told Univision's Maria Elena Salinas he would not sign a bill that did not include a path to citizenship.

In a separate interview with Univision, the president said "I want to make sure we have a pathway to citizenship that is earned by folks who are undocumented here currently."