Next for Obama: Immigration Reform
Plus: Executive order aims to limit family separations
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 12:29 PM CST
President Obama winks as he arrives to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Despite continued hand-wringing over fiscal policy, President Obama remains on schedule to push for immigration reform this month, an insider tells the Huffington Post. The effort will likely be led by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who warns that "in the end, immigration reform is going to depend very much on whether Speaker Boehner wants to do it." Still, the fiscal cliff negotiations suggest the House Republican leadership could be open to compromise, say immigration reform advocates.

Even without Congress, Obama is taking action on the issue: An executive order by the Homeland Security department yesterday offers illegal immigrants a chance to stay in the US while applying for permanent residence—if they can show that time away from close American citizen relatives would cause "extreme hardship," the Los Angeles Times reports. Some 1 million people could be affected by the new rules. Before the change, which takes effect in March, the application process could keep spouses, parents, or children away from family members for up to a decade, the New York Times notes.

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Jan 3, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Hey 0bama, how about creating more jobs as you promised 4 years ago? Our country is going down the tubes and you sit there in Hawaii on your $7 million vacation that we're paying for while you play with yourself. How many games of golf can you play on our dime? How many dresses can Michelle buy at $10,000 each that we pay for? How many guns can your SS Agents carry while you're planning to take away ours? Ho many people can you kill with your Death Panels while you get the best health care the people's tax money can provide you? Why don't you do something that will actually help the people?
Jan 3, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Hey, quit picking on immigrants. If all my grandparents didn't come here from Sicily I wouldn't be sitting here typing.
Jan 3, 2013 7:02 PM CST
How about we reform our borders first and keep fewer illegals from coming here in the first place.