Candidate Barack Obama promised immigration activists, "I think it's time for a president who won't walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular."
Now pressure groups are demanding Obama come through on his pledges.
In response, the administration may trump the health-care debate with another divisive issue -- "comprehensive reform" on immigration -- that is surely just as "politically unpopular."
After the failure of the polarizing cap-and-trade bill, and the current blood-on-the-floor fight over "comprehensive health-care reform," tackling illegal immigration right now would be a political nightmare.
Activists at next week's planned immigration "reform" rally in Washington, D.C., may use euphemisms like "comprehensive immigration reform" or stage demonstrations about "immigrant rights." But most Americans have few problems with immigration per se -- as long as it is legal and in numbers that facilitate assimilation and integration into American life.