Obama Says Immigration Changes Remain on His Agenda, but for 2010 Enactment

Article in The New York Times International, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, page A-6:

Obama Says Immigration Changes Remain on His Agenda, but for 2010 Enactment

Guadalajara, Mexico – Flanked by his counterparts from Mexico & Canada, President Obama on Monday reiterated his commitment to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform, despite his packed political agenda and the staunch opposition such an initiative is likely to face.

Mr. Obama predicted that he would be successful but acknowledged the challenges, saying, “I’ve got a lot on my plate.”

But in the most detailed outline yet of his timetable the president said that he expected Congress, after completing work on health care, energy and financial regulation, to draft immigration bills this year. He said he would begin work on getting the measures passed in 2010.

“Now, am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done? No,” the president said. “But ultimately, I think the American people want fairness. And we can create a system in which you have strong border security and an orderly process for people to come in. But we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the U.S. to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so they don’t have to live in the shadows.”

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