March 18, 2010
Last week, President Obama met with Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) regarding the status of comprehensive immigration reform and their efforts to put together a bi-partisan bill.
The President also met with immigrant rights groups prior to the meeting to assure them that he remains committed to immigration reform. There has been increasing concern by various advocacy groups that the President has not shown enough commitment to pass immigration reform during his first term, and it appears that the meeting with Schumer and Graham was intended to address such concerns.
The White House also met with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business stakeholders where leaders in the White House reaffirmed the President's commitment to immigration reform. During this meeting, some attendees expressed concern with the current H-1B and L-1 adjudication process. The White House indicated it was aware of these concerns and would follow up with the stakeholders.
Although the President is showing commitment to immigration reform, the current focus on health care reform makes it very unlikely comprehensive immigration reform could be accomplished this year.