President Obama made it one of this central campaign pledges to make another stab at immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the estimated 13 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S.—and yet it was the President himself who wondered this week whether a major immigration overhaul was possible. Addressing the possibility of an immigration bill, Obama said “I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue. There's still work that has to be done on energy. Midterms are coming up.” Undaunted, Senate Democrats today will formally unveil the outlines of legislation for comprehensive immigration reform that will combine a process to legalize illegal immigrants with “concrete benchmarks” to secure the border before the legalization process begins. Can it be done?
Congressman Brian Bilbray, R – 50th district in Southern California. He is chair of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.