A White Source has confirmed that Pres. Barack Obama is scheduling a meeting to discuss immigration on June 8. According to the Wall Street Journal, the source said Congressional leaders will meet to discuss policy discussion, but legislative action isn't planned until next year.
The meeting was first rumored after yesterday's Senate Immigration Subcommittee hearing. Subcommittee Chair Senator Chuck Schumer said during the hearing that the timing is ripe for amnesty and an overhaul of the current system since Congress has shown its willingness to secure the nation's borders, which Pres. Obama said was necessary before proposing amnesty for illegal aliens.
On Wednesday, border officials said that apprehensions along the Mexican border are down 27% from a year ago. It's a bigger drop than the 24.5% decline after Sept. 11, 2001. But with the nation's unemployment nearing 10% and nearly 14 million Americans looking for work, many believe the recession over increased border security has had a bigger impact on the numbers.
For more information, see the Wall Street Journal.
Updated: Thu, May 21st 2009 @ 12:39pm EDT