Will President Obama even mention immigration reform in his speech tonight before Congress and the nation?
Members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners are trying to apply some pressure.
On Tuesday, the Cook County Board approved a resolution urging Congress to support immigration reform. It passed 13 to 3.
But I wouldn't expect much from the president.
Obama will instead spend tonight talking about strengthening the economy and the need for health care reform.
These are important issues. But now health care reform and anything else the Democrats want to pass has been virtually doomed by the election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate. I'm so angry at the people of Massachusetts. Most of them have health care anyway. They've screwed that up and a lot more up for the rest of the country.
But I digress.
Back to immigration. If there isn't the
political will to pass health care reform, I see it as very difficult
for President Obama to muster support for immigration reform.
But he shouldn't turn away from it as legalizing immigrants can actually help strengthen the economy by bringing more people in to the tax base. Plus we can't continue to have two classes of workers in this country.
Immigration reform is an issue of national and local importance. Local advocates and politicians want to remind Washington, D.C. that it matters to us here.
Now the county commissioners made a symbolic vote, as they have no authority over immigration law. But clearly they are trying to pressure members of the Illinois Congressional delegation.
I'm not sure how much political influence our county leaders have over their friends in Congress.
I give them credit for trying.