Dispatches From Obama's Other Wars — on Immigrants and Drugs

"There’s been no leadership or even an attempt to set forth a new vision of immigration reform that could transcend the divides of the current debate.  This too can be readily explained. No one could have expected the president to put immigration reform — whose main prospective beneficiaries aren’t even voters — ahead of the economic stimulus program, medical care reform, and other pressing issues, such as financial regulation reform, extension of unemployment benefits, and passing the budget.  Nonetheless, the failure of President Obama to chart a new path toward pragmatic immigration reform has deeply disappointed reform advocates and the immigrant community." - Tom Barry, Dec. 6, 2011.