Looks like Obama immigration reform will have to wait

August 10, 2009

MEXICO-DRUGS/For those holding out hope that healthcare reform and climate change legislation would not squeeze out efforts to overhaul the broken U.S. immigration system this year, think again.

At the “Three Amigos Summit” in Guadalajara, Mexico, President Barack Obama all but ruled out legislation passing this year, particularly since his top initiative — healthcare — has been put off until September and there still remains work to be done on climate change. And, oh yes, fixing the U.S. financial regulatory system too.

“That’s a pretty big stack of bills,” Obama told reporters alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I would anticipate that before the year is out, we will have draft (immigration) legislation, along with sponsors potentially in the House and the Senate who are ready to move this forward.”

“And when we come back next year, that we should be in a position to start acting,” he said, adding that it would require bipartisan cooperation — of which there has been little lately in Congress.

Obama repeated his desire for reforming the immigration system in a way that bolsters border security, creates a system to permit people into the United States and gives the 12 million illegal immigrants a way to eventually become citizens.

New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, who chairs the Senate immigration subcommittee, has said he would like to try to get immigration legislation done this year but has previously acknowledged it would be a tough slog to do that given everything else on the agenda.

The ranking Republican, Texas Senator John Cornyn, has pressed the administration to offer specifics about its plan for reform before Congress acts.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo (A U.S.-Mexico border crossing)

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Immigration reform? Kind of like health care reform? Yeah, legalize those who broke our laws and continue to leave the border wide open. Sounds like Bush.

Posted by Harold | Report as abusive

Obama qualifications to reform health care:

No birth certificate

Can not stop smoking

Difficulty telling the truth.

Narcissistic personality disorder.

Therefore, I Igor produce Obama Birth Certificate at http://www.igormarxo.org

Compare Obama Care vs Igor Care at Obama vs Igor Care

Posted by Igor Marxomarxovich | Report as abusive

Keep putting off the inevitable. Keep exploiting and toying people’s dreams. Sounds familiar…

Posted by Tyler Durden | Report as abusive

Editor: If the Native Americans in the 15th & 16th centuries had adopted this same anti-immigration rhetoric against the ‘early European colonists’ instead of helping them to survive/welcome them in the first instance… then the colonists who broke the then native laws should be sent back to Europe..their descendants I mean. The early colonist were surely ‘illegal immigrants’ by today’s definition. So would be the baby Jesus who fled to Egypt to escape the cruel Herod.I wonder if Mary & Joseph had documents??

Posted by Keith Burnett | Report as abusive

The American people still reject “comprehensive immigration reform” a/k/a mass amnesty — just like in 2006 and 2007. NOTHING has changed since then except that we have near 10% unemployment and Obama and Napolitano are gutting immigration enforcement.

NO AMNESTY — ENFORCE OUR EXISTING IMMIGRATION LAWS!!

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Obama is dreaming if he things Americans want millions of illegal lawbreakers grant citizenship. Hasn’t Washington learned from previous attempts at amnesty and the outrage it caused? It will be the same this time as well. OB knows the people are fuming at his healthcare comedy and wants no part of adding fuel to the fire with “reform”. Americans want ICE to enforce immigration laws already on the books and deport those who do not belong in this country. His administration has already weakened enforcement, gutted 287g rules so 98% of illegals will get a pass and only the most violent illegals will be deport from jails, they won’t enforce Social Security No-Match, will not mandate E-Verify, etc. He is an illegal lover and everyone knows it !!

Posted by NO ILLEGALS | Report as abusive