In a true display of people power, President Barack Obama’s heavy
support from Latino and immigrant voters on November 6 is already prompting
bipartisan action on immigration reform.
On Sunday, both parties
called for immigration reform. In the U.S. Senate, where Republicans
filibustered the federal DREAM Act into defeat, Sens. Lindsey Graham
(R-South Carolina) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced that they
are working on an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to
citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The same day House Speaker
John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged Obama to take the lead on immigration
reform. Just before the election, President Obama said he was confident
immigration reform would pass Congress in 2013, predicting that
Republicans will switch previous votes against immigration reform after
seeing the consequences of alienating the voter demographic.
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