On Hold

Obama Says Immigration Can Wait

President Barack Obama may have curried favor by backing Mexico's human-rights record in the war against drug traffickers, but it's doubtful that his position on immigration reform produced any rousing applause. Speaking at a summit of Canada, Mexico and the U.S., Obama said immigration reform will have to wait until 2010 because other major domestic projects, like a health-care plan, were under way. “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,” Obama said. The New York Times reports that President Calderon was "clearly pleased" by Obama's endorsement of Mexico's human-rights record. Abuses by the Mexican military have become a contentious issue in Washington as $100 million in aid is tied to certain human-rights criteria.