Immigration Reform: Now or Never?
Link from The Hill. As if President Obama does not have enough on his plate already, it appears he is boldly addressing yet another hot-button issue-Immigration Reform-rather than run away from it. President Obama's major speech on Comprehensive Immigration Reform is scheduled for Thursday, July 1st. I find it admirable that he refuses to take the easy way out on the tough issues. Just as he would have been better off politically had he "put off" health care reform, he is focused on results and the overwhelming needs of our nation. He sure doesn't mind multi-tasking and I think he is getting pretty good at it. I know NYC Mayor Bloomberg is supportive of his efforts and I feel that he just needs to get a few high-profile Republicans on board to go full speed ahead. No easy task, but I'm sure he will work hard to make this happen.
"It’san issue that’s important right now," Burton said. "It’s important atthe border. It’s important for folks who are employing people all overthe country. It’s an important issue ... and the president thinks thatright now, given the focus on it, it’s important that he makes clearexactly where he stands on it.
"There’s been the Arizona law,there’s been meetings about it, there’s been protests about it," hesaid. "He thought this was a good time to talk plainly with theAmerican people about his views on immigration."
Burtonsaid that "specifically, he thinks this debate is about accountability— accountability for securing the border, accountability for employerswho are hiring illegal immigrants and accountability for those who arein this country illegally."
Obama has made immigration afocal issue this week, meeting at the White House with grassrootsreform activists on Monday and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus onTuesday.