With the two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congresslanguishing and effectively dead, according to advocates and lawmakers, here's a look back at how debate on the issue crested and then crashed from Election Night 2012 to this week:
Nov. 6, 2012 – President Obama wins reelection over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, with 71 percent of the Latino vote and 73 percent of the Asian American vote.
Nov. 8, 2012 – In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) says: “It’s an important issue that I think ought to be dealt with. This issue has been around far too long. While I believe it’s important for us to secure our borders and to enforce our laws, I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”
Nov. 14, 2012 – During Obama’s first post-election news conference, he is asked about immigration and responds: "I’m very confident that we can get immigration reform done. … This has not historically been a partisan issue -- we’ve had President Bush and John McCain and others who have supported comprehensive immigration reform in the past. So we need to seize the moment. And my expectation is, is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration."
Dec. 14, 2012 – The deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn. kills 26 students and teachers, a tragedy that alters the start of the Obama administration’s second-term agenda, elevating gun control to the top legislative priority to start the new year.
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