I know the administration still believes the vote last week for Mr. Brown had nothing, what so ever, to do with them............ they are wrong. You do not have to talk louder or slower to the American people ....we can hear you and we do not like the message. It will be interesting to see the spin tonight when the President speaks to the public. Will his message be the same on camera as it is in those closed door meetings? That aside, will the Dems try to push through immigration reform before the November elections? Massachusetts is having second thoughts on just that issue after the election last week.
BOSTON — For months, immigrant advocacy groups like the Chelsea Collaborative and Berkshire Immigrant Center have been gearing up to push lawmakers on state and federal immigration reforms.
They’ve held statewide forums, marched in Washington, D.C., and organized rallies with hopes of seeing the major immigration overhaul promised by Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama.
But after the historic election victory of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, those illusions may be evaporating. Political observers say Brown, who ran on a platform opposing some of those reforms, has emboldened conservative voters, and they will likely table reforms in the near future.
"Much of the angry and frustration of voters, particularly those on the right, are clearly aligned with forces that oppose immigration reform," said Paul Watanabe, a political science professor at University of Massachusetts-Boston. "They are vocal opponents of anything other than enforcement."
Watanabe said it’s now doubtful that Patrick and state lawmakers will spend political capital pushing any controversial proposals in an election year shortly after Brown’s victory.