Monday, August 10, 2009

No need for more tea leaves on immigration

President Obama announced that immigration reform would have to wait until next year. This is not particularly surprising, given everything he's trying to do at once. It had been a matter of speculation for some time, with Harry Reid giving positive signals along with Rahm Emanuel. But a common conclusion had been that Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation would give the administration breathing room. The administration could postpone immigration reform without bringing serious criticism from Latino leaders.

The fact that Obama's announcement comes two days after she was sworn in gives more credence to that conclusion.


pc 4:33 PM  

It's not a big surprise, but it seems likely that it will now have to wait until after the mid-terms, if not longer. If the US recovery is wea´k, and if Obama comes out of the health care debate with sub-50 approval ratings, it doesn't seem like he'd leap to take on such a divisive topic in an election year.

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