According to an article on washngtonindependent.com: “Obama will meet with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) today to discuss the DREAM Act and a comprehensive immigration reform bill Menendez plans to unveil in the Senate.”

The question of when the issue will seriously be addressed remains unanswered.  It will be virtually impossible to pass CIR before the elections as immigration is a lose-lose political issue.  The DREAM Act?  I would estimate a 10% chance that it will get anywhere because politics will again interfere with progress.

Although President Obama could have made immigration reform a priority earlier in his term, he probably expected bipartisan cooperation which was not in the cards as was demonstrated with the health care law, the passage of which proved to be an uphill battle.  The fact that many congressional votes are split along party lines confirms that power over progress continues to be the name of the game in DC.

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Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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