With the traffic jam in Congress that includes a potential Supreme Court appointment, climate change and energy legislation and preparing for upcoming elections, immigration reform doesn’t appear to be high on the list of priorities.
While President Barack Obama still wants bipartisan support of a comprehensive reform bill, Obama told a group of reporters that there many not be an “appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue,” Reuters reported.
“We’ve gone through a very tough year and I’ve been working Congress pretty hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue,” Obama said.
“There’s still work that has to be done on energy, midterms are coming up, so I don’t want us to do something just for the sake of politics that doesn’t solve the problem,” he said.
Reuters said Obama appeared reluctant to put the issue before climate change legislation. Republicans have made clear they will not cooperate on climate change unless immigration is taken off the table for now.
Obama said he understood concerns about security and the hundreds of thousands of people who enter the country illegally.
“Obviously we still have to do more,” Obama said. “But we have to do more in the context of a comprehensive plan that maintains our status as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”
Still, the president doesn’t want to pass a bill, “just for the sake of politics,” he said.