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In Mexico, Obama says immigration reform will have to wait

August 11, 2009 |  9:12 am

Peter Nicholas and Tracy Wilkinson report from Guadalajara, Mexico:

Locked in a healthcare debate that is claiming much of his energy, President Obama acknowledged that a push to overhaul the nation's immigration system will have to wait until 2010 and even then will prove a major political test.

Obama suggested it would be too ambitious to aim for passage of new immigration laws before the end of the year, at a time when he will be confronting "a pretty big stack of bills."

Speaking at the end of a two-day summit meeting of fellow North American leaders, Obama said, "Now, I've got a lot on my plate, and it's very important for us to sequence these big initiatives in a way where they don't all just crash at the same time."

Read the rest of the report here.

See more posts on immigration here.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Photo: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and President Obama in Guadalajara. Credit: Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images