According to an article on upi.com: “After being scheduled for June 8, last Monday, it was rescheduled for June 17, next Wednesday. The indefinite delay suggests President Barack Obama and his staff are finding immigration more difficult than they expected, the report said.”
Immigration is undoubtedly a difficult issue to address as the last two failed attempts by Congress demonstrated. However, tackling the tough issues head on was why President Obama was elected. This is a smart administration. There are probably good reasons for postponing the meetings. First is probably the President’s desire to get somewhere with his Health Care Plan. It is tough to have two hot-button issues on the table simultaneously. Another thought is that a “behind the scenes” tally of members of congress did not reveal adequate support for CIR at this time. Given the state of the economy, the idea of US jobs going to foreign nationals may not be palatable for some.
We will probably hear about the adminitration’s reasons for the delays. Avoiding the subject would be a mistake and certainly very uncharacteristic of Obama’s open and honest character so far into his presidency.