Next for Obama: Immigration Reform

Plus: Executive order aims to limit family separations

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2013 12:29 PM CST

(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.

President Obama winks as he arrives to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
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)
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After bruising battles over the ... economy, the chance to legislate through regular order on immigration reform might have leaders in both parties working together and singing 'Kumbaya.' - Immigration reform advocate Frank Sharry

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