"Everybody is fine with him announcing principles, using bully pulpit, etc. But what nobody who actually wants to see this passed wants, is an 'Obama White House' branded bill getting introduced," said the source.
Immigration reform activists like Frank Sharry are thrilled the White House and the Senate are rushing to unveil their proposals.
"A Senate bipartisan process rushing to get out there early? The President flying to Las Vegas to make a speech in which he throws down on immigration reform? This makes Senate floor action this spring a certainty. Game on in terms of momentum," said Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, "
Democratic sources tell CNN at the very least, the president has his own bill as an insurance policy -and a signal to wary advocates of immigration reform that this term he will keep his promise to act on the issue.
Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum - a Coalition of immigration reform advocates - added that "if the Senate gets stuck, the White House has a bill in its back pocket they can put on the table as a trump card."