June 8th: Immigration Reform Comes to the White House
So I know this is week-old news - it dropped while I was on a short vacation last week - but I had to post about it. This is one of the more exciting things to happen in the last year and I couldn't miss an opportunity blog it. Last week, Politico broke the news that Obama has set a date for a meeting on Comprehensive Immigration Reform at the White House. June 8th, the White House will gather policy-makers from both sides of the aisle to begin pushing reform this year. From Politico:
"The meeting will be an opportunity to launch a policy conversation that we hope will be able to start a debate that will take place in Congress later in the year," the official, who asked not to be named, said.
Asked if the session would be billed as a summit or a forum, like similar meetings on health care and fiscal responsibility earlier in the year, another official said, "This isn’t a forum or a summit with outside groups, this is solely a meeting with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the issue."
The meeting couldn't come at a better time. The week before, on June 3rd - 5th, there will be a HUGE Summit where pro-reform advocates and activists will gather with allies from faith, labor and other communities to launch the Reform Immigration for America Campaign. Yours truly will be live-blogging the Summit, so be sure to come back and check that out.
Can you feel the momentum building? This is going to be our year.