10/13/2013 09:45 am ET

US Government Shutdown Takes Over Immigration Reform Debate


The U.S. government shutdown may be the proverbial last nail on the coffin for immigration reform legislation this year. For the same reason it will signal the start of the 2014 congressional election campaign. The acrimony between both parties, and the GOP’s disdain for President Obama’s health reform law would most likely end any hope for immigration reform this year.

President Obama should note the lead Gov. Jerry Brown of California has taken when he signed nine pro-immigrant laws last week. They include the TRUST Act that rejects the Obama administration’s despicable ‘secure communities’ policy and grants undocumented immigrants the right to apply for driver’s licenses.

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