Pelosi Vows to Work on Immigration Reform Bill in 2010

Posted February 11, 2010 at 2:35pm

In an interview with the nation’s largest Spanish language newspaper published Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she and President Barack Obama are both continuing to push for enactment of comprehensive immigration reform this year.

“Last week I spoke with the President about the issue, and he reiterated his promise to work with both houses (of Congress) to create a bill that could be passed,” Pelosi told La Opinion.

Pelosi also appeared to equivocate a bit on her longstanding demand that the Senate move first on such a bill. “These situations are always up for reevaluation, you devise a strategy,” she said. Comprehensive immigration reform, while advocated by Democratic leaders and Obama, has little chance of passage this year, most acknowledge.

Pelosi also repeated her desire that immigration enforcement raids end immediately. “As long as this is happening to even one person, we have a problem,” she told the newspaper.