The effort to pass comprehensive immigration legislation gained some traction Tuesday, as congressional leaders discussed a path to passing the bill this year and President Barack Obama wooed Republican Sen. Scott Brown to support it.
Conventional wisdom has been that the issue is too volatile for action in an election year, and that other matters would take priority. But immigration advocacy groups have been pressing hard for action.
At a Capitol Hill meeting Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was committed to bringing the legislation to the floor this year, according to one Democratic leadership aide. The aide said that Ms. Pelosi committed to bringing the bill to the floor if it passed the Senate.
A second leadership aide familiar with the meeting said Ms. Pelosi spoke about the importance of the legislation and agreed to try to advance the measure.
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R, S.C.) have released a blueprint for legislation that includes a path to citizenship for those here illegally. The blueprint also calls for a guest worker program and for controls aimed at stopping the flow of future illegal immigrants.
But Mr. Graham has said he doesn't want to introduce it without at least one more Republican co-sponsor. At an Oval Office meeting last month, Mr. Obama promised to help find another.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Obama push for immigration amnesty starts in a month.
Obama gets an immigration bill, illegals especially in the Latino community and their supporters will hail him as a saint who pushed for amnesty and votes for life. He doesn't get a bill, he blames the Republicans and Conservatives to stoke up votes for the fall.