Yesterday, the White House hosted a meeting of bipartisan lawmakers from both chambers of Congress to begin the conversation of how to move immigration reform forward this year. Kos, founder of the progressive blog Daily Kos, reports in “Immigration reform headed for passage this year:” “Both the White House and Senate Democratic leadership have reiterated that they expect to pass meaningful immigration reform this year or early next year.”

“There can be no doubt that the conditions for significant movement on immigration reform this year have become more favorable,” stated Simon Rosenberg, President and Founder of NDN. “An overwhelming majority of Americans want action taken to fix the broken immigration system now and support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislative approach. While the road to passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform will not be an easy one, with strong leadership, progress this year is within Washington’s grasp.”

Weekly feature by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger: “President Obama has often stated that immigration reform cannot be approached in a piecemeal fashion, and that his administration would tackle the issue in 2009. This week, Obama will be meeting with members of Congress to kick off a bi-partisan approach to reform. These meetings don’t guarantee any legislative action will take place this year, but are at least an encouraging sign.”

THE PRESIDENT: “Hello, everybody. We have just finished what I consider to be a very productive meeting on one of the most critical issues that I think this nation faces, and that is an immigration system that is broken and needs fixing. We have members of Congress from both chambers, from parties, who have participated in the meeting and shared a range of ideas. I think the consensus is that despite our inability to get this passed over the last several years, the American people still want to see a solution in which we are tightening up our borders, or cracking down on employers who are using illegal workers in order to drive down wages — and oftentimes mistreat those workers. And we need a effective way to recognize and legalize the status of undocumented workers who are here.”

“Today marks a turning point. This meeting marks the end of the preseason and the beginning of the regular season. Starting soon, and heeding the wishes and expectations of the American people, Congress will begin the challenging process of overhauling U.S. immigration policy. DHS Secretary Napolitano has been designated to form a Congressional Working Group, and we hope and expect initial the work to move forward on legislation will commence this summer.

In his speech yesterday at the Migration Policy Institute’s Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Senator Schumer noted his commitment to moving forward on reform legislation this year, saying: “When the President asks me whether we can pass comprehensive immigration reform this Congress, I will smile and say, ‘Mr. President, yes we can.’ All of the fundamental building blocks are in place to pass comprehensive immigration reform this session and, even possibly, later this year…