Boston Globe
Political Notebook
March 20, 2009

On his very full plate, immigration was one issue that President Obama had yet to take on – until yesterday, when he discussed it with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

[efoods]At a town hall meeting in southern California yesterday, Obama renewed his support for comprehensive reform, including a possible path to citizenship for law-abiding people who entered the country illegally, along the lines of the bill that stalled in Congress in 2007.

According to the White House account of yesterday’s one-hour closed session, it was “a robust and strategic meeting” in which Obama announced he will go to Mexico next month to meet President Calderón and discuss, among other issues, effective, comprehensive immigration reform.

After the meeting, Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois, chairman of the Hispanic caucus’s immigration task force, and advocacy groups said they were hopeful that Obama would address immigration reform this year.

“Although it is very early in his administration, he understands that for the immigrant community it’s the 11th hour, and there is no time to waste,” Gutierrez said in a statement.

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