Reuters reports that President Obama is hoping to initiate legislation for comprehensive immigration reform in early 2010.
Although this is clearly something that needs to happen, 2 issues stand in the way of reform happening in 2010: the census and mid-term elections. It seems imprudent to provoke emotions around this issue even as the Census Bureau is attempting to count the undocumented. Reform talk and it accompanying controversies are likely to discourage immigrants from participating in the count. The mid-term elections may or may not present an opportunity for both parties–Democrats to reaffirm their commitment to America’s newest arrivals and the GOP to continue to dig their grave with the nation’s future voters.
Should be interesting.