After meeting with immigration advocates earlier this week, President Obama will be speaking about his plans for reforming this nation’s immigration system on Thursday. The consensus seems to be that absent a miracle, CIR will not pass before the mid-term congressional elections in November. That begs the question: What can the President say or do to appease those who voted for him based on his promise to make CIR a priority? There are a couple of things he could do, the first would be to declare a moratorium on deportations of non-criminal undocumented aliens until CIR is passed, and the second would be to challenge the constitutionality of the new Arizona immigration law in court.
For the President to simply ask Republicans to reach across the aisle and support CIR in the months preceding the mid-term elections would likely be a futile effort dooming the initiative to failure. On the other hand, if the President makes a good-faith down payment on his promise to try to enact CIR, it will show the American people that he is serious about his commitment to reforming our broken immigration system.