According to an article on nytimes.com: “While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the countrys immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.”
Tough road ahead but it does not look like our President is one to shy away from a good challenge! In my opinion, it is best to address this issue early on and as far away from election time as possible because candidates, usually to their disadvantage, try to use the immigration issue as a wedge.
Even though anti-immigration candidates usually lose – immigration reform just becomes too hot as an issue and eventually and fizzles. If CIR were to pass Congress and be signed by the President early-on, by election time the issue will be moot and congressional supporters and opponents will have done the right thing and could therefore focus their campaigns on productive issues.