CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Aug. 11, 2009: Immigrants awaiting immigration reform to legalize their status in the U.S. will have to push their hopes into the New Year.
President Obama, at a summit with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in Guadalajara, Mexico Monday, claimed he has `a pretty big stack of bills` to deal with currently and any immigration reform is not possible until 2010.
Speaking at the end of a two-day summit meeting of North American leaders, Obama said, `When we come back next year . . . we should be in a position to start acting.`
He, however, claimed that his top staffers are meeting with lawmakers to drum up bipartisan support for the effort.
His change of tune was a far cry from candidate Obama, who promised immigrant and Latino voters that he would make immigration "a top priority in my first year as President."
Pro-immigration advocates say they are dismayed by the latest timetable even as President Obama said he is still very much for providing a road to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
`Now, am I going to be able to snap my fingers and get this done?` said Obama, speaking on a stage alongside Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. `No.`
`This is going to be difficult; it`s going to require bipartisan cooperation. There are going to be demagogues out there who try to suggest that any form of pathway for legalization for those who are already in the United States is unacceptable.
`But ultimately, I think the American people want fairness.`