REID: I think it's going to very, very difficult to deal with immigration this year. It won't be dealt with this year.
What I'd like to do is there are certain parts of that immigration bill that I think are very essential. The agricultural workers bill is extremely important. It was part of our overall bill. The DREAM Act is important. I'd like to do that.
So maybe what we could do before the end of the year is do some pieces of immigration. But coming here for another immigration debate on everything, it won't happen this year. Maybe next year; likely it won't happen until we get another president.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Reid's skeptical about the return of the "grand bargain" or some variant of "comprehensive immigration reform"--but he does have hope for some measures and thinks that maybe the matter could return next year. From a press conference today via Stephen Spruiell at the Corner (emphasis added):