David Plouffe: Immigration Reform Will Happen
But gun control will be a 'hard battle'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2013 1:05 PM CST
White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe talks about the averted government shutdown on FOX News Sunday in Washington Sunday, April 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/FOX, Freddie Lee)

(Newser) – David Plouffe today sounded bullish on immigration reform, saying "there's no reason" that "it shouldn't pass," and adding, "this is the moment." He was less sure on gun control, Politico reports, saying "it is going to be a hard battle," but that there is "a very good opportunity." Looking ahead to his boss' nascent second term, he blasted congressional Republicans, saying that "the barrier to progress here is not the president. We need to see more Republicans in Congress willing to compromise, even on revenues." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • John Barrasso on gun control: Harry Reid "has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42% of the votes. And he doesn't want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president's positions," ergo, he won't bring a bill to the Senate floor.
  • Rick Santorum on immigration reform: "There's not a single Republican up on Capitol Hill who believes [Obama] wants to get it done. They all believe ... he will put [forward a] measure that the Republicans can't accept."
  • Sen. Roy Blunt on Obama: “You’ve got to legislate, and you’ve got to legislate realistically. You don’t control the entire congress. It takes three entities to get a bill passed into law and you’ve got to come up with something that can pass a Democratic Senate, a Republican House, and the White House can at the end of the day be for."

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Jan 21, 2013 6:44 AM CST
"... he will put [forward a] measure that the Republicans can't accept." What the hell is stopping The Republicans in Congress from putting forth their own proposals? Oh, I forgot. They want nothing to do with immigration reform if their "white conservative base" is against it. Oh, I forgot #2. There is no leadership in the GOP.
Jan 20, 2013 3:24 PM CST
In his first term Obama proved that his administration would enforce the laws on the books to an extent none other had done -- Democrat or Republican. At the same time he promoted the Dream Act and made it clear that he would support responsible immigration reform and an honest path to citizenship for undocumented residents similar to the policy favored by POTUS George W. Bush. But the Tea Party GOP haters are as stubborn about immigration as they are about everything else -- they will make it impossible for more reasonable members of their party to step up to the plate. Obama and the Democrats cannot do it alone. I fear progress is not on the horizon, despite the optimism of cheerleaders like Plouffe.
Jan 20, 2013 3:05 PM CST
The absolutely, positively, honest to God final amnesty EVER was passed in 1986 and signed into law by Ronald Reagan. Boy, did the American people get sucker-punched by that one. What we've had is one corrupt and treasonous regime after another who have failed to give us what Reagan promised; a secure border and strict enforcement in the workplace and elsewhere. The worst regime so far is that of tin pot dictator Comrade ObaMao. This skullduggery has got to stop, existing laws must be enforced, these border-jumping parasites need to be ejected, and Comrade O’s traitorous acts need to be prosecuted.