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Ruben Navarrette, Jr.: Don't expect quick immigation reform

San Diego Union-Tribune, El Tiempo Latino, Ruben Navarrette, Jr. Posted: Nov 16, 2008

SAN DIEGO -- In July, speaking before the National Council of La Raza, Barack Obama promised to make comprehensive immigration reform "a top priority in my first year as president." Don't hold your breath, writes Ruben Navarette, Jr. in his syndicated column. Obama's selection of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff is not a good sign; Emanuel has said that immigration reform should remain on the back burner, believing that it is an issue that can't be won by the Democrats, who depend on the support of organized labor. Navarette predicts that immigration reform will be off the agenda for the next four years. Latinos may get "bought off" with a several high-level appointments, he adds. Obama may even stop construction of the border fence that he voted for in the Senate and end workplace raids that have caused so much disgust in the Latino community. But don't expect comprehensive immigration reform any time soon, Navarette writes. "And if Latinos are paying attention and holding the new president to account, they'll know they've been used," Navarette concludes. "And, if honest with themselves, they'll have something else to be disgusted about."

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