Now that the election day shellacking is behind him Pres. Obama took time to meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to talk immigration reform. According to the official White House press statement “The President reiterated his strong support for bipartisan Congressional action on immigration reform at the earliest opportunity, noting that the American people expect both parties to work together to tackle the challenges confronting our nation.”
First in his sights is the DREAM Act. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire “President Barack Obama and three Hispanic lawmakers agreed Tuesday to push for a vote this year on the Dream Act, legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.”
But not all signals are positive. Alex Wagner of Politics Daily writes that Obama “gave little indication that in this year’s remaining lame-duck congressional session, his administration could win passage of key legislation granting legal status to some illegal immigrant students.”
So which is it?
There’s movement along the same lines to report from the Senate side of things. According to Politico.com “a day after President Barack Obama urged a vote this year on the DREAM Act as a ‘down payment’ on broad immigration reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed Wednesday to move the immigration bill to the floor during the lame-duck session.”
Like I said, I’m taking a wait-and-see on this one.
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