Immigration Timetable Gives Activists Pause

Human Rights
By Elaine Ayala - Express-News

When President Barack Obama announced a timetable last week that puts off comprehensive immigration reform until next year, some advocates and other observers weren't surprised, given the still-struggling economy and the massive health care and energy bills ahead of the issue.

But while supporters of both the president and immigration reform put faith in its new promise — which as a candidate Obama had promised in 2009 — some advocates are sounding more doubtful.

Some fear that “comprehensive” will be dropped from “immigration reform,” and that the weight of other initiatives will result in more piecemeal approaches to overhauling the nation's immigration laws, widely viewed as broken.

“We still feel it's one of the top three priorities,” said Margaret Pulles, spokeswoman for the San Antonio-based Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together, or

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