It's only been three days since midterm elections wrapped up, and we're already seeing tensions rise on Capitol Hill. In his post-election news conference on Wednesday, President Obama said he planned to move forward with immigration reform on his own before the end of the year, potentially giving amnesty to several million illegal immigrants who are already in the U.S. Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner made it clear that if President Obama does move unilaterally on immigration reform, he would "poison the well" and ruin any chances for cooperation with the new Republican-controlled Congress.
Immigration is an issue that has been the subject of a lot of talk and very little action throughout President Obama's tenure in office. According to the Wall St. Journal, President Obama and Speaker Boehner had started talking privately about immigration reform after the 2012 election, but that discussion reportedly ended this summer without a solution. The White House is confident the president will act on immigration, but the question that remains is just how sweeping his action will be. If the President does decide to act, it would almost certainly ruin any chances for compromise on other issues where there would have otherwise been common ground.
Do you think President Obama will "poison the well" and ruin any shot at finding common ground on other issues if he acts on immigration? What do you think is the best course of action for the White House now that Speaker Boehner has made his intentions clear?
James Aldrete, a democratic consultant based in Texas. He worked on Obama’s campaign in 2008 and 2012 and is heavily focused on outreach to the Latino community.
Jon Fleischman, Republican strategist, founder and publisher of FlashReport.org, and former vice chairman of the California Republican Party