President Obama addressed many topics in his State of the Union speech from the economy to energy. By my count, he dedicated only 127 words to immigration.
By contrast he said more in the 2013 SOTU about immigration - 250 words, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was a high compared to 110 words about immigration in 2012, 97 words in 2011, 39 words in 2010 and not a single word about immigration in 2009.
For as much as President Obama says he wants immigration reform, his words on the topic were not aggressive.
Most of what he said Tuesday night dealt with the economic benefits of immigration.
Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year. Let’s get it done. It’s time.
The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill last June and a sticking point is about a path to citizenship for the 11 undocumented.
Perhaps President Obama is afraid to anger Republicans at a time when he is finally hoping for some action in the U.S. House of Representatives. The president did not even mention a pathway to citizenship in his speech.
House Speaker John Boehner did not stand or clap when the president made his remarks about immigration. But the speaker has said that he will have more to say about immigration later in the week.
You've heard of the expression, mañana?
It seems the politicians in Washington, D.C., have learned Spanish really well.
But I've never heard of mañana taking six years.