President Obama: “very narrow window” to pass immigration reform

President Obama: “very narrow window” to pass immigration reform

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On Tuesday, President Obama told an audience of law enforcement officials that the deadline to pass immigration reform before the mid-term elections was nearing.

According to Politico:

“As he met with more than 40 law enforcement officials, Obama pressed the case that Congress has a “very narrow window” to complete immigration reform this year. He accused a “handful” of House GOP lawmakers of stalling reform but added that a number of Republicans are “realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea.”

“The closer we get to the midterm elections, the harder it is to get things done around here … it’s just very hard right before an election,” Obama said Tuesday. “So we’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.””

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been saying that members of his caucus do not trust the President on immigration, despite President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security’s record breaking rate of deportations.

Following the President’s remarks on immigration on Tuesday, today the Co-founder of the Tea Party Express, Sal Russo, participated in a press call with Grover Norquist and Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

Sal Russo, Co-founder of the Tea Party Express, said, “Tea Party voters want solutions to the real problems facing America and immigration is no exception. We encourage Congress to take action this year and provide conservative, free-market, common sense solutions to the problems in our immigration system.”

A poll of conservative voters was also released showing that a majority expressed support for an immigration plan that improved border security and provided a way for undocumented immigrants to attain legal status or citizenship.

At this point, if conservative voters are expressing support for immigration reform, it appears that the House GOP has nothing to lose in moving an immigration bill forward. If immigration reform is passed that provides relief to millions of undocumented, the Republicans could claim credit on this issue, which could not only have consequences electorally in November, but minimize the possibility of administrative relief coming from the President.

 

Photo Credit: Tanou via Flickr

 

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