Obama Readying Immigration Overhaul Despite Political Risks
The punishing battle over healthcare is still unresolved, but the Obama administration is quietly laying plans to take up another issue that could generate even more controversy and political division--a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
Already, senior White House aides have privately assured Latino activists that the president will back legislation in 2010 to provide a road to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers now living in the United States.
Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster, said the issue is difficult in virtually any environment.
"We know from a lot of experience that immigration reform has been and can be a very polarizing issue. There are heated differences about whether there ought to be some kind of pathway to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally," he said.
When the media calls an issue "divisive" or "controversial" they really mean that David Brooks' ruling elites like it, the rest of America hates it.
Amnesty is part of the ruin America trifecta along with health care and cap and trade. When you are calling, emailing, faxing or attending town hall meetings make sure that your representative knows that amnesty is a deal killer when it comes to getting your vote.
Numbers USA - easy to be an activist
Oregonians for Immigration Reform - your local group who makes a difference
American Patrol Report - for when you need more evidence that this is a huge issue