"Immigrant rights groups hailed a report in The New York Times today that President Obama plans to take up immigration reform this year. Opponents said the move could jeopardize healthcare reform and other elements of the president’s agenda in tough economic times.

The report, sourced to deputy assistant to the president Cecilia Munoz, reopens in the press an issue that has yet to hit the floors of Congress. It also sends a message to Hispanic groups that helped elect Mr. Obama that their concerns for a path to legalization for some 12 million undocumented workers have not been forgotten.

In a statement, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national civil rights and advocacy organization, “welcomed today’s report in The New York Times that President Barack Obama has made immigration reform one of his top priorities for this year....”"

Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor, 9 April 2009

Illegal Immigration

Updated: Tue, Apr 14th 2009 @ 2:25pm EDT