With Obama's Plate Already Full, Is There Room for Immigration Reform?
By Ben Pershing
Amid a withering attack on his administration's handling of the AIG bonus controversy, President Obama snapped back Tuesday at those critics who said he should tackle only "one problem at a time" and suggested, as he has before, that he is perfectly capable of handling multiple issues at once.
Later this morning, Obama is slated to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House before he heads to California for two days. The primary topic on the agenda will be immigration, which has gotten relatively little attention from this administration so far. Think back to the two major domestic issues of George W. Bush's second term -- immigration and high gas prices. The sputtering economy has moved both topics out of the spotlight for now. Obama has still talked quite a bit about energy reform. But what about immigration? Obama said last month that he is "very committed" to making comprehensive reform happen and that he hoped to see legislation drafted "over the next several months." Will he be any more specific with the CHC, and is there really room on his plate for the issue this year?
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Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Mar 18, 2009
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