It’s back: Immigration heats up – Josh Gerstein and Nia-Malika Henderson –

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has seemed intent on keeping the politically explosive issue of immigration on the back burner.

He won’t be able to do that for long.

Latino leaders are pressuring the White House to set a goal of signing a major immigration reform bill by the end of the year. Friction between immigrant communities and local police seeking to enforce federal law is increasing, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill and scrutiny from the Justice Department.