Immigration Legislation May Happen

Busy Congressional schedule may push reform until next year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says passing a comprehensive immigration bill this session is one of his top priorities. His other two priorities are health care and energy. Reid's comments seemed to give new life to the immigration issue. But, Congress and the White House are preoccupied with a packed legislative calendar and immigration reform looks unlikely to pass this year.


Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to draft and introduce a new immigration measure later this year, which could result in Congressional movement on the issue.


In the meantime, the White House will host a meeting of key lawmakers and advocacy groups to discuss immigration. The administration continues to say that Obama wants to start the debate this year, but has not asked for a bill to sign in 2009.

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