Republican Senator Scott Brown told reporters
Obama had called him to give a "heads up" that the White House will be
taking on immigration reform within a month's time. Democrats have urged
making immigration reform the top priority
after passing health
care. But financial reform currently tops headlines
and many pundits warn
the election looming, Democrats should focus on the economy. Is Obama
really about to gear up for immigration reform? If he is, what does that
reveal about the White House's perspective?
- Dems Want Reform,
Despite Risk The Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Weisman explains
the calculus. "Election season is beginning, a Supreme Court nomination
fight is at hand, and Democrats don’t lack for accomplishments, just
political support. But [Democratic Senator Chuck] Schumer has argued
strongly that they should move forward with a broad overhaul of
immigration laws, including a tough crack-down on border security and a
path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants
already in the country. If Brown is right, Schumer appears to be
carrying the day – for now."
- The Schumer-Graham Plan Roll
Call's Jennifer Bendery and Jessica
Brady lay it out. The plan "entails four key components: a biometric
Social Security identification card for employment verification;
strengthened border security and interior law enforcement; a process for
admitting temporary workers; and a controversial path toward
citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United
States. Under the proposal, employers would be allowed to hire illegal
immigrants only if they were unsuccessful in recruiting Americans for
open positions. Undocumented workers living in the country would have to
pay fines and back taxes and perform community service in order to earn
citizenship. They would also have to pass background checks and become
proficient in English."
- Reform Advocates: We're Wary The
Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas relates,
"Advocates for illegal immigrants fear the White House is doing the bare
minimum to appease Latino voters before the midterm elections in
- This Could Get Ugly
Liberal blogger BooMan
worries, "things are about to get crazier than we've ever seen
them, and where it
all shakes out for the Democrats is anybody's guess. My instincts tell
me that this is a bridge too far. I don't think Obama can get any
immigration bill passed right now. I don't think too many Democrats
want any part of an immigration fight with their polling numbers looking
historically bad. And I don't think the Tea Partiers will be able to
avoid having their heads explode."
- Obama Should Do It Conservative blogger Allahpundit urges, "If it passes, Obama gets a big win
and, presumably, a spike in Latino
support ahead of the midterms. If it fails, he gets the amnesty groups
and the Dems’ Latino caucus off his back — 'hey, I tried!' — while
blaming everything on those darned Republicans, which could mean a bump
in Latino support for his side anyway regardless. It’s win-win."
If There's No Tomorrow' NBC News' Domenico Montanaro muses,
"Back in January, after the GOP's victory in Massachusetts, there was
plenty of talk that Democrats would go small, not big. But they're
presently acting as if there's no tomorrow -- which, of course, could
very well be the case after Nov. 2."
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