On Immigration Reform, Obama Skips Specifics

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2009 2:45 PM CDT
President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after delivering remarks at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Lackluster support for immigration reform has forced President Obama to be purposefully vague about a timeline for legislation, Michael Muskal writes in the Los Angeles Times. “I’m committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama told Latino leaders today. But his “vague language on timing for immigration reform is in sharp contrast to the way he describes other issues,” Muskal notes.

“For example, on health care, Obama has called on Congress to send him a final bill by the fall,” Muskal writes. “But polls show that immigration is a more touchy issue, lacking the broad-based consensus of some others.” Obama told the Latino group that keeping the promise of America “means upholding America’s tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. Those things aren’t contradictory; they’re complementary.” (Read more President Obama stories.)