I have said mulitple times that Immigration will be a priority issue for the incoming administration, and now I have Democratic Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, backing me up! (Hat-tip to America’s Voice for covering the story.) In an interview last week, Reid spoke about priorities for the next Congress, one of which will be immigration reform:
Q: With more Democrats in the Senate and the House and a Democrat in the White House, how do you see congressional efforts playing out on such issues as health care and immigration?
Q: Will there be as much of a fight on immigration as last time?
A: On immigration, there’s been an agreement between (President-elect Barack) Obama and (Arizona Republican Sen. John) McCain to move forward on that. … We’ll do that.
A: We’ve got McCain and we’ve got a few others. I don’t expect much of a fight at all.
So, it looks like odds are good that Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be an issue taken up by the next Congress. It also doesn’t hurt that the GOP will be attempting to mend their relationship with Latinos, or that Latino and Immigrant voters are the political power behind the election of the incoming President, Barack Obama.