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August 10, 2009

Obama Pushes Immigration Reform to 2010, Jokes About Being Called “an Illegal Immigrant”

"Another Friday afternoon statement from the White House means another bit of bad news for immigration reform advocates. This time, President Barack Obama met with correspondents from Hispanic media outlets and said he expects Congress to deal with immigration early next year.

The new statement pushes Obama farther away from his commitment to deal with the issue during his first year in office — a promise he made to Latino voters he badly needed to carry some swing states in the 2008 election.

On Friday, Obama met with a group of 10 reporters including representatives of wire services Notimex (Mexico), Reuters and EFE, and from Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión. Although he said he didn’t know if the bill would get enough votes, he said he expects Congress to deal with immigration reform by “early next year.”

For this, Obama said a bill should be drafted by the end of 2009.

“Now, will we be able to mobilize the votes to pass something? That I can’t predict,” he said, according to Notimex.

According to Reuters, Obama said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will meet with lawmakers regularly to work through the more controversial measures, like legalization for an estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants and how to prevent illegal immigration in the future.

“We have convened a meeting of all the relevant stakeholders, and Secretary Napolitano is working with the group to start creating the framework for a comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama was quoted by Reuters.

The wire service reported Obama even joked about the so-called “birthers,” a fringe group who accuse the president of being unable to prove he was born in U.S. and who claim his actual birthplace is Mombasa, Kenya, making him ineligible to be president."...

at By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

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Posted by VisaLawyer at August 10, 2009 12:10 PM

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