Advocates Praise Obama's Immigration Speech, Urge Action
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In the nation’s capital, advocates for immigrants still see opportunities for immigration reform to move forward, and welcomed the president's public nudge to Republicans on immigration.
"This legislative year is not over," said Angela Kelley, immigration expert at the Center for American Progress, a think tank tied to the Democratic party. Given Republican recalcitrance on this issue, she added, "I think it is fair for (Obama) to say, I can lead, I can push, but I can't do this alone."
After a bruising 18 months in office, President Obama is no longer King Midas. It is no longer true that whatever he touches becomes a political sure bet. He does not command the popularity, political capital or legislative super-majority he once did to get major change through without Republican support on Capitol Hill.
So immigration reform could very well remain a giant sleeper of an issue, despite Obama's talent for rousing words.