President Obama recently indicated that it is highly unlikely that Congress will consider immigration reform legislation before next year. President Obama previously indicated that immigration reform was the third priority for his administration. However, because it is assumed that health care reform will consume most of Congress' time for the remainder of the year, the Obama Administration indicated that it does not believe that immigration reform legislation will be considered by Congress until next year. However, the administration encouraged Congress to at least introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill in both the House and the Senate by the end of this year so that it can be considered next year.
In order to reaffirm the importance of the continued need for immigration reform, the administration recently held a summit at the White House with more than 100 interested community based organizations, unions, companies and advocacy organizations to begin to solicit their input about the major issues that need to be addressed by comprehensive immigration reform legislation.