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President delays meeting with Members of Congress on immigration reform

June 15, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

President Obama was expected to meet with Members of Congress to begin the discussion about comprehensive immigration reform on June 17th.  The President has postponed that meeting.  The postponement is a disappointment, given the momentum that has been building for immigration reform, and given the expressions of readiness by key members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who last week in this article put immigration reform in the top three major issues Congress must do this year, along with health care and energy/global warming.  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who Chairs the Immigration Subcommittee in the House, reacted to the delay (this is the second postponement), by saying that the President “has to do more than say, ‘I’m for it.’ It’s essential for him to put some personal effort into this.” 

More on reaction to the postponement of the White House meeting can be read on this blog post.

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