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    Obama to urge Congress to act on immigration

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    Obama to urge Congress to act on immigration
    By Stephen Dinan THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    8:09 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2010

    President Obama on Monday promised immigrant-rights advocates he will soon deliver a major speech urging Republicans and Democrats to work together on an immigration bill this year.

    In a meeting at the White House with advocates, Mr. Obama said he wants Congress to act as soon as possible, the White House said after the closed-door meeting.

    The groups, who have been disappointed with the slow pace of action and with many of the enforcement tactics Mr. Obama has continued from the Bush administration, said they believe the president is committed to their issue, but said he needs to do more.

    "We raised our concerns about the urgently needed reforms to the harsh and draconian detention and deportation mechanisms that are tearing apart families and communities under his watch," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, who said they will continue to keep pressure on.

    Immigration is one of the thorniest issues facing Mr. Obama and Congress, and the president will face another test soon when his Justice Department decides whether to sue to overturn Arizona's tough new immigration law.

    Polls show the law has the backing of a majority of Americans, but advocacy groups argue only the federal government should police immigration status.

    In 2007, the last time Congress tackled a broad immigration bill that included legalizing illegal immigrants, a majority of senators opposed the measure and defeated it on a filibuster. At the time, President Bush and other backers said voters weren't convinced that the government would follow through on enforcement.

    Mr. Obama last month announced he would deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, but Congress is looking to outbid him. A Senate committee approved posting up to 6,000 National Guard troops on the border.

    During his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama had indicated he wanted to sign a legalization bill during his first year in office, but that deadline slipped.

    Part of the problem is that even though Democrats control both the House and Senate, they are not unified on the issue, and Mr. Obama must rely on some Republican support.

    What support he did have on immigration seemed to disappear after Democrats pushed through their health care bill. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who had been working on a bill with Democrats, said using the budget process to push through the final version of the health care bill had poisoned the well.

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    Another closed door meeting from Obama.

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    No new Bill.
    Enforcement.
    He,
    Obama,
    Is not to bright.

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    good luck with that passing, Hussein.
    Americans are in the majority support the Arizona law and do not like what your doing to the state of arizona by suing them

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    Politico
    Obama still pressing immigration
    By: Scott Wong
    June 28, 2010 07:48 PM EDT

    Even with Washington distracted by the oil spill, a change in generals in Afghanistan and a Supreme Court nomination, President Barack Obama and his congressional allies are stoking the immigration debate, ignoring signals that the issue is dead for the year.

    Key Hispanic lawmakers such as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have already concluded there isn’t the political will in Congress to tackle immigration legislation, and centrist Democrats want nothing to do with the issue — beyond pushing border security — in an election year.

    So why is the president inviting activists, Hispanic lawmakers and other immigration experts to the White House on back-to-back days?

    According to those involved in the meetings, the discussions are not about legislation but about keeping the politics of immigration simmering for a key part of the Democratic base.

    The Obama administration is preparing a lawsuit against Arizona, challenging that state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law. And the president told participants Monday that he plans to give a major speech soon urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

    “The president reaffirmed his commitment to immigration reform. We reaffirmed our commitment to supporting him, pushing back the Republican wall that has opposed immigration reform,
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