President Barack Obama will make a big speech on immigration today:
President Obama will deliver a speech in Texas Tuesday intended to revive interest in a far-reaching approach to immigration, one of the nation's most divisive political issues.
The White House hopes to use the speech to "create a sense of urgency in Congress and the nation," according to a senior administration official. With a divided Congress and fewer advocates for comprehensive immigration than in 2007, the last time Congress tried to push through a comprehensive immigration solution, the speech undoubtedly will do more to reaffirm Obama's commitment to a key voting block in 2012 than to gain any legislative traction on Capitol Hill.
Call me cynical, but I just don't see a grand bargain to resolve the immigration problem on the horizon.