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MIXED SIGNALS FROM WHITE HOUSE ON CIR

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From an email from America's Voice:



Washington, DC - Today, President Obama spoke at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice:
 
"President Obama's remarks today at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast show, once again, that he has a sophisticated understanding of how the elements of comprehensive immigration reform work together to solve this problem.  He gets that being both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws is necessary to create a legal immigration regime that works. 
 
While the President promised to enact reform during his presidency, he did not specify a timeline.  This will no doubt fuel skeptics.  They will say he will be unable or unwilling to move comprehensive immigration reform this year, despite his repeated promises to do so. 
 
Next week, the President will meet with Congressional leaders on this important issue.  We expect a real plan for action to emerge from that meeting.  On June 25th, the President and leaders of both parties in both chambers of Congress must chart a course forward on comprehensive reform legislation this year." 

And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says they don't think they've got the votes yet for immigration reform, a statement that contradicts recent pronouncements from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (thanks to reader AJ for the link).

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  1. Fabrizio's Avatar
    is there a list of whom will be attending the meeting?
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I have not seen one.
  3. gg's Avatar
    This news was covered in O'reilly show on Fox and by Lou Dobbs on CNN too, yesterday. Fox claimed that Obama was giving amnesty to millions of undocumented folks, while Lou asusual promised a debate on this topic next week.

    Robert Gibbs has been consistent from the begining giving conflicting reports to the press and this is not the first time about immigration.

    Things should become clear next week, when Obama meets the bi-partisan group on immigration.
  4. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    gg, do you really watch those bloated windbags? I would rather shoot myself...
  5. A PT's Avatar
    gg, do you really watch those bloated windbags? I would rather shoot myself...

    Very true, wish CNN would sent Lou Dob(g) packing to Fox
  6. Anonymous's Avatar
    The country has been in more trouble with Democratic Senate and House. The President can only do so much. Since they have come in power, things in USA has deteriorated. I blame the democratic senate more for all our troubles than the former president. These dems are shooting us in legs and then questioning why the country is not running. Big time fools!!
  7. Antonin Karasky's Avatar
    The unfortunate reality of life is that any reform especially immigration reform is that its a political game. Now the one and probably only thing a first term administration cares about is a second term. So Obama at the moment is doing the political calculation as to does he move on this now or not.

    My opinion is that the democrats in general and Obama in particular does not have the guts to do CIR this year, there will be lots of talk, hemming and hawing but no movement, the economy is bad, Republicans will hammer him " first he sold the country to china by borrowing trillions and now he's selling out to the immigrants". In a bad economy such soundbites stick and there are mid-term elections in 2010. So my guess no big reform anytime soon.

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  8. AD's Avatar
    There are no mixed signals. There is no signal. lets get it right. Lets dont hallucinate and a pipe dream for another 2 years. So now, lets hope Menendez and Durbin to get Gutierrez by the horns and pass some meaningful relief bills. I say relief not reform.
  9. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "The President can only do so much. Since they have come in power, things in USA has deteriorated."

    Yeah, like it takes 7 days to fix things broken during 8 years of pubs. Take your foolish agenda somewhere else.
  10. Jim's Avatar
    "There are no mixed signals. There is no signal. lets get it right. Lets dont hallucinate and a pipe dream for another 2 years. So now, lets hope Menendez and Durbin to get Gutierrez by the horns and pass some meaningful relief bills. I say relief not reform."

    I respectfully disagree that there were no signals whatsoever.
    However, I am beginning to agree w/ you that maybe it's time we fix things bit by bit and get some relief. DREAM act, EB, Nurse bills, etc... are sorely needed as soon as possible.
  11. Anonymous's Avatar
    There is no agenda Legal and no longer waiting. Its an opinion and you dont have to agree with it. Dont start talking trash like take your foolish agenda else. If you dont agree with it -fair enough.
  12. Another Voice's Avatar
    Sounds like they are throwing all the political capital behind Healthcare reform, if there is anything left they may do immigration but at this time it will not be a priority. My guess is that think the Sotomayor nomination has bought them good will with the hispanics and therefore they can buy time. But then again nobody said that CIR is easy, we say it with Bush despite his good intentions he could not get it done.
  13. Jim's Avatar
    @another voice

    I think we'll all know more after the June 25 meeting.

    I just hope you are right that the Sotomayor nomination is bringing good will. She is not Hispanic you know. She is Latina.

    I hope I don't get a flak for what I am about to say but if and when more signs appears that CIR is not possible this year then maybe we should push for the piece-meal legislations already and not hold them up anymore. Many lives are on-hold because they are being held-up for the greater good but when the greater cause's chances are dwindling, let some relief be done.

    Just my two cents.

  14. mike34's Avatar
    better act now in CIR than later,democrats got the majority in both houses , if democrats lose majority in senate or house . its gonna be more difficult to adress the issue. And cement the deal as early as possible before the republican have the chance again to regain the votes of the hispanic
  15. Jack's Avatar
    'She is not Hispanic you know. She is Latina.'

    Jim, please explain.
  16. Jim's Avatar
    "Jim, please explain"

    I really don't get what you want me to explain....

    All what I'm saying is that some people thinks Hispanic is different from Latina. Some people makes no distinction.

    So, I am not sure that the Sotomayor nomination brings goodwill to CHC.

    That's all into it. There is no underlying undertones being implied and if there was, it was incidental or unintentional.


    http://bradley.chattablogs.com/archives/2009/05/sotomayor-latin.html

  17. gg's Avatar
    US Immigration rules blamed for tech brain drain ...


    http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN237877620090623?sp=true
  18. gg's Avatar
    *Imp*

    Sent Schumer to outline CIR tomorrow ...

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/36174-1.html
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