Yesterday, President Obama met with key legislators to discuss the details of moving comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year. We are grateful the conversation has begun and are pleased to see the formation of an immigration task force headed by Secretary Napolitano to achieve solid and practical solutions alongside members of Congress.
With the economy, health care, and climate change already on the president's plate, many reporters and pundits are dismissing the notion that President Obama can pass immigration reform this year.
But the American public thinks otherwise. One of several recent polls shows that public opinion is strongly in favor of practical solutions to fixing the broken system -- even during an economic recession. The American people elected a new president and Congress who were willing to tackle the tough issues.
And true to his word, President Obama stepped up and took leadership in Thursday's bipartisan summit at the White House. He stated,