Guns Seize the Political Spotlight From Immigration Reform in Capitol


President Obama promised immigration reform leaders that their cause would top his second-term agenda, but immigration advocates are beginning to worry that their fight could slip behind a cause that wasn't even an issue during the election: gun control, Politico reports. This month the White House was supposed to begin its push in earnest for immigration reform. Instead, after a gunman killed 20 school children in Newtown, Ct., Obama tapped Vice President Biden to lead a group that will release a reform proposal this month, just when immigration activists had hoped all eyes would be on their issue.

Both the Senate and House have small groups meeting on immigration issues, but no official proposals even have been floated behind the scenes. The Gun control is on the move. Biden will meet tomorrow with the National Rifle Association. He's already met with law enforcement and gun control advocates. The administration is reaching out to major philanthropic organiations not typically associated with gun reform asking for their support.

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