Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) says he does not believe immigration reform will be passed in 2010.
“Realistically, it is going to be hard (to pass the legislation this year), I can tell you now. We have to go back and finish the health care bill. We’ve got to finish the jobs bill. Then, of course, you get the 2010 election. So, I think, 2011 will probably be more realistic. I want it this year but realistically, it will probably be 2011.”
In fact, the shift of the Massachusetts Senate seat from the Democrats to the Republicans is most often mentioned in terms of the health care debate, but is also important for immigration. Ironically, Ted Kennedy was a major proponent of both health care and immigration reform, and now his seat will be used to torpedo them.