I talk to immigration reform advocates all the time, and from what I can tell, there is little hope for major reform. Instead, many of us hope that some modest measure, like a DREAM Act, will pass.
Regardless of what plan may (or may not) be in the works, it's clear that the President is making his opinions known. Just this afternoon the NY Times reports that the President took an opportunity to slap Arizona's latest immigration law, and made a call for comprehensive reform:
Mr. Obama said the Arizona bill threatens “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”He did not offer a timetable for reform, but such calls are not overly useful (as we have so painfully witnessed with the health care debate). Nevertheless, immigration is back on the table. How long wil it remain there? That IS the question.
He also said that he is monitoring the Arizona bill for civil rights and other implications.
“If we continue to fail to act at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country,” Mr. Obama said.